T. Belman. Keep in mind that the organizers of the poll are know to be left wingers. Based on the answers, it is obviousl to me that most of those questioned, don’t understand the deal.
The survey found that a quarter of the respondents (26%) support a potential annexation of the West Bank, while a plurality (40%) support a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
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Netanyahu meets with settler leaders in Gush Etzion after the US stated that settlements are not illegal on November 19, 2019. (photo credit: GPO/KOBI GIDEON)
A majority of the Jewish population of Israel does not support the annexation of the West Bank, according to a new poll released by the organization Commanders for Israel’s Security Wednesday, which was first reported by Ynet.
The poll, conducted by the organization Commanders for Israel’s Security, a movement that consists of ex-senior security officials (IDF, Mossad, Shin Bet and Israel Police) who oppose the extension of Israeli sovereignty into the West Bank, utilized a sample of 1,000 people from solely the Jewish population of Israel.
The survey found that a quarter of the respondents (26%) support a potential annexation of the West Bank, while a plurality (40%) support a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and 22% favor a unilateral disengagement from the Palestinians. Only 13% of Jewish Israelis are satisfied with the current situation.
Among Likud voters, the poll found that only a third (36%) of his party supporters back Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s major election promise of annexing section of the West Bank in accordance with the Trump Administration’s “Deal of the Century.” Similarly, 21% of Likud voters favor a permanent two-state solution, while another 25% support a unilateral withdrawal from the West Bank. Only 18% of Likud voters are satisfied with current reality.
On the question of the Jordan Valley, only 28% of Israel’s Jewish citizens said that they are willing to jeopardize the 1994 Israel-Jordan peace treaty in order to annex the area. Among supporters of Benny Gantz’s Blue and White party, 10% said they are willing to risk a cancellation of the peace agreement, while a minority of Likud voters (41%) agree with such a move.
In response to the poll, Chairman of Commanders for Israel’s Security and former Deputy Chief of Staff Matan Vilnai said that “the data shows that a significant majority in the public opposes annexation, and prefers solutions based on separation from the Palestinians,”
“Unilateral annexation, without proper preparation and without consulting professionals, could lead to a disaster for Israel and create a violent chain reaction. We, former senior security officials, urge the Israeli government to refrain from a unilateral annexation and not approve such a significant and risky move without conducting a referendum first,” he added.