Poll: 50% of Israelis against building freezes

Puzzling poll reveals 55% of Israelis believe 'settlers' are 'an obstacle for peace,' but similar number against building freeze.

Tova Dvorin ,

Illustration: Neve Daniel (file), in Gush Etzion
Illustration: Neve Daniel (file), in Gush Etzion
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While a slim majority of Israelis feel Jews living in Judea and Samaria prevent peace with Palestinian Arabs, a slim majority also does not believe in building freezes to stop the "settlement movement," a poll revealed Sunday. 

According to the Midgam poll for Channel 2, 55% feel "settlers" are an obstacle for peace, 45% do not, and 4% are unsure. 

Despite this, some 50% are against building freezes - versus 47% who support them, and 3% who are unsure.

500 Israelis answered the poll, conducted during a "Meet the Press" session last Thursday. 

As of January 2015, 389,250 Jews lived in Judea-Samaria, up over 15,000 people since early 2014.

An additional 375,000 live in neighborhoods of Jerusalem over the 1949 Armistice line, such as the French Hill, Sanhedria, the Mount of Olives, and Mount Scopus.