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Tuesday, June 08, 2004

Haaretz Poll: Israeli Views

The Peace Index project is conducted at the Tami Steinmetz Center for Peace Research of Tel Aviv University, headed by Prof. Ephraim Yaar and Dr. Tamar Hermann. The telephone interviews were conducted by the B. I. Cohen Institute of Tel Aviv University from May 31 to June 2, with 589 interviewees representing adult Jews and Arabs of Israel (including the territories and the kibbutzim). The error for a sample of this size is around 4.5 percent in each direction.

The government's security policy is . . .
Successful 40%
Failure 21%

The IDF's military performance is . . .
Successful 64%
Failure 9%

In the past year, national security has . . .
Deteriorated 31%
Stayed similar 35%
Improved 32%

In the past year, personal security has . . .
Deteriorated 21%
Stayed similar 48%
Improved 27%

IDF force used against Palestinians in Gaza was . . .
Appropriate 51%
Insufficient 20%
Excessive 17%
Don't know 12%

Should Israel financially compensate those whose homes were destroyed?
No 70%
Yes 26%
Don't know 4%

Feelings toward Palestinians who lost their homes:
Great or considerable empathy 28.5%
Indifferent or no feelings 26%
Lack or total lack of empathy 40%

On Disengagement
"The surveys show broad public support for the disengagement plan. In your view, should Sharon change the composition of his government so that he will have a majority for the plan (for example, by adding Labor)?"
53% are sure, or think, he should
34% are sure, or think, he should not
13% did not know

Preferences for Prime Minister:
Sharon 33%
Netanyahu 17.4%
Shimon Peres 13%
Ami Ayalon 7%
Yossi Beilin 4%
Uzi Landau 3.5%
Amir Peretz 3%

Current self-definition:
Right 50%
Centrist 21%
Left 18%
Didn't Choose 11%

In a total contrast to the Israeli Jewish public, the Israeli Arab public expresses complete opposition to the Sharon government's security policy and to the measures the IDF took in Gaza. . . . It also emerges that the Arab public's assessment of national and personal security is completely different from the Jewish public's.
I haven't included in this excerpt the breakdowns along religious lines provided by Haaretz because they seem intent on portraying the religiously observant as hateful and the Left as heroic. I'm really not interested in that kind of bias, but you can go and indulge if you like: Peace Index.

If you'd like to participate in a poll, JPost is currently asking, "Should Israel apologize when innocent Palestinians are killed in IDF action?" With 2734 having voted, the results are 41% Yes, 59% No.