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Most Israelis oppose cease fire with Hamas

Posted by avideditor on March 22, 2008

Most Israelis oppose cease fire with Hamas: “

Most Israelis arent as stupid as their government. A new poll indicates that a whopping 71% of Israelis oppose a cease fire with Hamas.
And a majority want real military action against the Gaza Strip: 26%
want to reoccupy Gaza, while another 33% want to undertake a limited
operation in Gaza after which the IDF would withdraw. Given that
approximately 20% of the country is Israeli Arabs, who were included
in the survey, the percentages among Jews are likely even higher.

There is also some interesting information about the rest of the countrys feelings towards southern Israel:

Recently
a persistent question has been whether Israels response to the ongoing
missile attacks is related to the fact that those on the receiving end
are peripheral communities of the South.

It turns out that a
majority – 56% – indeed thinks the government fails to assign supreme
urgency to tending to these communities security problems because of
their remoteness from the central region, and would not practice
restraint to the same extent if the center of the country was under
attack. Only a minority of 37% disagreed.

However, the public
also showed self-criticism on this issue: 51% assented that the
citizenry was less interested in the southern residents security
problems because of their remoteness from the center while 42%
dissented.

I wish I could see the next part of the survey
broken down by region of the country. In other words, I would like to
hear what those outside Tel Aviv said.

At the same time,
only 38% thought that the residents of ‘the state of Tel Aviv’ – a term
some in the media use to describe those in the center of the country –
do not identify with the southern residents suffering and 64% rejected
the claim that people in central Israel were less patriotic than those
in other parts of the country.

A majority of 55% denied that the
residents of the Center were not interested in the suffering of the
South, while 38% said they were. An even larger majority, of 64%
rejected the claim that those in ‘the state of Tel Aviv’ were less
patriotic than those in other parts of the country.

And who participated in this survey?

The
telephone interviews were conducted by the B. I. Cohen Institute of Tel
Aviv University on 3-4 March 2008 and included 590 interviewees who
represent the adult Jewish and Arab population of Israel (including the
Jewish population in the West Bank). The sampling error was 4.5%.

See, Jews arent so dumb after all. Its just their government.

Cross-posted to Israel Matzav.

(Via avideditorla’s shared items in Google Reader.)

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