A new poll commissioned by the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs (JCPA) shows a massive decline in the Israeli public’s support for a withdrawal from Judea and Samaria as part of any future peace deal.
The survey, conducted by Israeli pollster Mina Tzemach, was undertaken to examine “the attitudes of the Jewish public in Israel on several issues regarding a peace agreement or other arrangements with the Palestinians.” The results point to a significant decline in Israelis’ support for key conditions the Palestinians are demanding in connection with establishing a future Palestinian state.
According to the survey, Israelis’ willingness to withdraw from the biblical heartland of Judea and Samaria has dropped from 60 percent in 2005 to 36 percent in 2017. The vast majority of Israelis, 76 percent, stated a preference for Israel retaining full security control of Judea and Samaria, with 81 percent of respondents saying Israel should maintain full sovereignty over the Jordan Valley.
The poll also shows that 79 percent of Israelis believe it’s important to maintain a unified Jerusalem under full Israeli sovereignty. Eighty-three percent said they are against transferring the Temple Mount to the Palestinians, and 71 percent said any peace agreement must be based upon Palestinian recognition of Israel as a Jewish state.
The Israeli Foreign Ministry’s former director-general, Dore Gold, who currently heads the JCPA, said the survey shows how “the Israeli public implicitly understands that the Middle East remains a very dangerous and chaotic region and is not about to stabilize in the near future.”