DaganRoi Hadi

In a recent survey conducted by the Maagar Mochot Institute for the Samaria Regional Council, 511 respondents representing a representative sample of the Jewish population in Israel surveyed found that 68% of the Jewish public (of those with an opinion) in the State of Israel favored sovereignty in Judea and Samaria.

A clear majority of opinion holders (72%) believe the Israeli government should not agree to leave Jewish communities as enclaves within a "Palestinian" sovereign entity.

The survey also surprisingly reveals that there is almost complete support from the haredi public for sovereignty. 72% of Shas voters in the last elections voted to apply sovereignty, as did 62% of United Torah Judaism voters.

Sixty-four percent of Likud voters support sovereignty, as do 90% percent of Yamina voters and 62% of Yisrael Beyteinu voters. Even 14% of Labor-Gesher-Meretz favor sovereignty.

The Samaria Regional Council commissioned the survey to "examine trends in the Israeli public as part of the struggle it leads to apply sovereignty without recognizing a terror state and without leaving communities isolated."

"The survey proves what we've known all along," says Samaria Regional Council Yossi Dagan: "A clear majority of the Israeli public longs for sovereignty in Judea and Samaria and disapproves of Israeli and Netanyahu recognition of a terror state in the heart of the country. Most of the Israeli public opposes leaving communities abandoned in enclaves. I call on the Prime Minister to listen to the voice of the people as expressed in the poll and to apply sovereignty. This is an historic hour and historical steps must be taken. Listen to the voice of the people and the truth at this time."

This is the only survey to date that separately examines support for sovereignty on the one hand and support for a Palestinian state on the other, so its results are the most reliable.

One of the interesting results of the poll indicates a clear trend among Likud voters when it comes to applying sovereignty.

54% of Likud voters (with an opinion) in the last elections say they will not vote for Likud in the upcoming elections if the Prime Minister recognizes a Palestinian state.

Maagar Mochot polling institute head Professor Yitzhak Katz said "In all the questions we asked we found unequivocal and statistically significant support from a large majority of the public who oppose establishing a Palestinian state and supports applying Israeli sovereignty to the settlements in Judea and Samaria. A large majority opposes leaving Jewish communities as isolated enclaves. These positions are joined by very large sections of the Israeli public who voted for various parties in the last elections."