Poll: 55% of Israelis See Settlers as Modern-Day Maccabees

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israeli-settlementsThey feel like the media and the public are hostile towards them, but now are finally receiving their cross-sectorial medal of honor. A joint Ynet-Yesodot poll revealed that a majority of the public –┬áincluding 51% of the seculars – believe that the settlers are “the Hasmonean counterpart” of our times.

The poll, conducted in honor of Chanukah, also asked who Israelis see as the modern-day Hellenists and what the Maccabees would think about Israel today.

The poll was conducted by Panels Institute on a sample representative of the adult Jewish population in Israel of 498 respondents. The maximum sampling error is 4.4%┬▒.

To the question “Who are the Maccabees of our day?”, 55% responded “the settlers,” 20% chose the social activists, 13% chose IDF officers, 6% chose members of Knesset, and 6% chose environmental activists. In an analysis of those who chose the settler response according to religious affiliation, shows 50% of charedim, 51% of the seculars, 58% of the traditionalists, and 69% of the religious believe that the settlers are the modern-day Maccabees.

And who are the Hellenists of the 21st Century? Thirty percent believe “those who insert words from foreign languages into Hebrew or those who name their children Latin names.” Some 28% said that those who want to make money at any price are the modern-day Hellenists, while 26% said people who are brand-conscious. Another 16% responded that people who watch a lot of television are manifestations of modern-day Hellenism.

Breaking down the results according to shows that seculars were most likely to indicate the desire to be famous (31%). Traditionalists were most noted the use of Latin names and words (32%). The religious public emphasized chasing after brands (31%), and charedim indicated watching television (44%) and the source of Hellenism in today’s society.

A clear majority of the respondents (59%) said they would participate in legal protests such as demonstrations and media spokesmanship when faced with State laws and orders antithetical to their beliefs and values.

On the other hand, 18% said they would not do anything “because it wouldn’t have an effect.” Some 8% said they would involve international bodies in order to revoke the laws, while 4% said they would partake in illegal and violent protest. Some 11% said they do not know how they would react.

Most of the religious affiliations preferred legal protest as their prime path of action: 66% of religious, 59% of traditionalists, 58% of seculars, and 39% of charedim.

In conclusion, the respondents were asked to estimate “what would the Hasmoneans think of the State of Israel as a Jewish and democratic state?” Some 33% responded that the Hasmoneans would think this type of country is ideal. Some 25% said the state would be considered a symbol of Hellenism in the eyes of the Hasmoneans because its laws are not based on halacha. Some 21% said the Hasmoneans would accept the State having no other choice. Another 21% did not respond.

The charedim and the religious believe the State of Israel would be seen by the Hasmoneans as a symbol of Hellenism (67% and 42% respectively). Traditionalists believe they would come to terms with the State having no other choice (31%), and the seculars said the Hasmoneans would see the State as ideal.

{Ynet/Yair Alpert-Matzav.com Israel}

2 COMMENTS

  1. In an analysis of those who chose the settler response according to religious affiliation, shows 50% of charedim, 51% of the seculars, 58% of the traditionalists, and 69% of the religious believe that the settlers are the modern-day Maccabees.

    It is a Sad day when the secular out rank the Charedim in supporting the front line of the Jewish defense. Ok, its only 1% and i love the charedim and the secular the same, but when there isn’t achdut, that’s the worst!
    100% of all Jews should support the brave men women and children on the front lines, in chevron – Everywhere! But then again, if that were the case, Moshiach Would be here.

  2. No frum Yid calls the settlers Maccabeim. That’s just stupid. I guess if you call Dati Leumi charedi, you could justify your numbers.

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