Update on Israelis Attitude towards Peace with Arabs

excerpt of article by Yoram Ettinger in israelhayom.com

Recent findings by a June 12, 2012 Maagar Mochot poll, published by Israel Hayom on Tuesday, reflect a shift in the Israeli state of mind, from the euphoric days of the 1993 Oslo Accords up until the recent eruption of the tectonic “Arab Street.”

The Palestinian Authority’s track record in the 19 years since Oslo has been heavy on hate-education, incitement, terrorism, non-compliance, corruption, repression of fellow Palestinians, support of arch terrorists such as Osama bin Laden and Saddam Hussein, support of anti-U.S. terrorists in Afghanistan and Iraq, and friendships with Russia, China, North Korea, Iran and other enemies and rivals of the U.S. and Western democracies.

The Maagar Mochot poll found that:

1. 73% (compared with 64% last year) assume that the two-state solution will not resolve the conflict with the Palestinians.

2. 64% of Israelis, residing in pre-1967 Israel, support expansion of the Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria. Only 15% (compared with 20% last year) wish to halt settlement construction.

3. Only 45% support partial or full Israeli withdrawal from Judea and Samaria.

4. Merely 5% support a unilateral Israeli withdrawal.

5. 46% (compared with 38% last year) oppose the uprooting of settlements in return for a peace treaty.

Realism has been the secret behind Jewish survival over the last 4,000 years. Enhanced realism is a prerequisite for the survival of the Jewish state in the conflict-ridden Middle East.

Published: June 12, 2012
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