Thursday, October 19, 2017

(Andrew Friedman/TPS) Sixty-two percent of Jewish Israelis object to the term “occupation” to describe Israel’s presence in Judea and Samaria, a Jerusalem think-tank said Monday. 

The Peace Index, produced jointly by the Israel Democracy Institute and Tel Aviv University and released to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the Six-Day War, also said that a majority of Israelis—61 percent of Jews and 54 percent of Arabs—agree that, de facto, Jerusalem is a divided city.  

The Index also said that a large majority of the Jewish sector (65 percent) rejected the idea that Israel should have ceded conquered territories and launched negotiations with the Arab states for a comprehensive peace agreement immediately following the Six-Day War. Similarly, 55 percent said it would have been “wise” to annex Judea and Samaria following the war.

But the study also said that “historic” views do not necessarily translate into pro-settlement positions today. The Jewish public is evenly split between supporters (44 percent) and opponents (45 percent) of the idea that “the time has come for Israel to officially annex all the territories that were conquered in the war,” and just 51 percent of Israeli Jews believe the policy of building settlements in Judea and Samaria is wise.

On the international stage, a large majority—67 percent—said that Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria “does not contribute,” to one degree or another, to Israel’s diplomatic efforts. On the other hand, 65 percent of Jewish Israelis said that Israel’s control of the region contributes to Israel’s security, as opposed to 29.7 percent who disagreed.

 

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