Why has there been such a big change since last year? These opinions are greatly at odds with other polls that have been taken here, here and here. Keep in mind that this poll excluded from their sample the Jews living east of the greenline..
Israelis who live west of the Green Line are increasingly less supportive of the Jewish settlement enterprise in Judea and Samaria than they were in previous years, according to a new Ariel University poll. According to the poll, the number of Israelis who characterize themselves as right wing dropped from 57% in 2012 to 48% in this year’s poll.
The poll was commissioned by Dr. Miriam Billig and Dr. Udi Lebel ahead of the 23rd annual Judea and Samaria Research Conference, scheduled for Thursday.
The polling was done by Maagar Mochot. The respondents comprise a representative sample of 587 Israeli Jewish adults from inside the Green Line (Israel’s pre-1967 border with Jordan). The margin of error is 4.5%.
According to the poll, a majority of respondents (53%) support a full or partial withdrawal from Judea and Samaria as part of an agreement with the Palestinian Authority. Thirty percent support a full or partial annexation of Judea and Samaria and 13% think the status quo should be maintained. Only 4% believe Israel should conduct a unilateral withdrawal from all or parts of Judea and Samaria, without an agreement with the Palestinians.
Some 35% said they support the dismantlement of many or all Jewish communities in exchange for a peace agreement than ends the conflict with the Palestinians. This was up from 22% in a similar 2012 poll and 14% in 2011, a significant increase.
Some 52% of respondents said Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria represent true Zionism, and 46% felt settlements provide a security buffer for the rest of Israel. But both these figures were lower than in 2012.
Sixty percent said the settlers are not the source of the conflict with the Palestinians, but there was an increase in the number of respondents, 53%, who said that settlers were an obstacle to peace.
And 43% said Judea and Samaria communities were not a waste of state funds, while 39% said the settlements were a waste of public funds, an increase from last year’s 24%.
As was the case in past surveys, most of the respondents said Jewish settlements in Judea and Samaria hurt Israel-U.S. relations, compared with 33% who said they had no impact. Only 10 percent said settlers’ enhance those relations.
Seventy percent of those surveyed said the conflict with the Palestinians had more to do with national and religious issues over the question of whether Israel has the right to exist as a Jewish state than to a dispute over territories. This is consistent with past surveys.
Israelis consider a Palestinian pledge to end hostilities as the most important aspect in any future peace deal that entails territorial concessions.