Israelis expect violence with embassy move - but oppose delay

New poll shows 61% of Israelis believe moving US Embassy to J'lem will cause spike in violence, but 59.5% of these oppose delaying the move.

Arutz Sheva Staff ,

Arab terrorists brandish knives
Arab terrorists brandish knives
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The Israel Democracy Institute and Tel Aviv University published on Thursday a survey which showed that 61% of Israelis believe moving the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem will lead to a spike in Arab violence, Mako reported.

The survey, which included 600 participants from all sectors of Israeli society, showed that while both Jews and Arabs agree that the move will lead to violence, a majority (77.5%) of Arabs advocate asking the US to make the move at a different time, while a majority of Jews (68.8%) do not believe the move should be delayed.

According to the poll, a total of 59.5% of those who believe the move will lead to a spike in violence do not believe the move should be delayed.

Meanwhile, when asked whether renewed talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority are important, 54.5% said yes, and 40.7% said negotiations are unimportant.

Participants were also asked whether they believe that Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu should resign if he is indicted. A total of 55% said yes, Mako reported, and two-thirds opposed pardoning Netanyahu if he admits to the charges and resigns.

However, 62.5% of Israelis do not believe there will be an indictment, because Netanyahu is not guilty of anything.

Fifty percent of Israelis said they trust police professionalism in the investigations against Netanyahu, while 45% said they do not trust the police. An additional 54% of Israelis said they trust Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit to decide whether or not Netanyahu should be indicted, and 55% trust the honesty and professionalism of Israel's courts.

A full 41% of respondents said the most important thing Israel needs to deal with is closing the socioeconomic gaps in Israeli society. Another 23% said the fight against corruption needs to take top priority, while 14.% said said the Iranian threat is most important and 10% said negotiations with the Palestinian Authority is the most important issue. At the bottom of the list (7%) was integrating haredim into the IDF and the workforce.