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Sunday, December 23, 2012

Poll: 45% of Israelis are morons

I probably get calls from pollsters twice a week in this country. None of them know I'm a political blogger. As soon as I figure out it's a poll (or a consumer survey), I hang up the phone. Perhaps others with brains in their heads react as I do and that's why you get polls like this one:
Almost half of the Israeli population supports a unilateral withdrawal from the Palestinian territories on the basis of the 1967 lines, according to a poll conducted by Rafi Smith for the Blue and White Future movement. Forty-five percent of respondents answered they would back a unilateral withdrawal so long as settlement blocs were maintained.
In a similar survey conducted in June, only 38% of respondents supported such a withdrawal. 
Eighty percent of respondents supported leaving an IDF presence in the West Bank in the case of unilateral withdrawal until a final status agreement is signed. All Yahadut Hatorah supporters answered "yes" to this question, while on the other side of the political spectrum, 64% of Meretz supporters also answered in favor of IDF security measures.
Seventy-six percent of those surveyed supported the principle of compensating settlers who agree to evacuate voluntarily, with 95% of both Yesh Atid and The Tzipi Livni party supporters favoring this idea.
Meanwhile, 68% of respondents backed early preparations by the state to absorb settlers now living east of the security barrier, in order to facilitate implementation of the process, down 10% from the June survey. This 10% decrease was mostly attributed to right-wing and Orthodox respondents.
The percentage of Bayit Yehudi supporters who answered in favor of unilateral withdrawal rose by 16% since June to 41%.
Okay folks, what's missing in this poll? How many people did they survey? What questions did they ask? What percentage of the respondents were Arabs? What percentage live over the 1949 armistice lines? In  what area did they say they proposed to unilaterally expel the Jews? (It's a funny thing about these polls: They all say 'yes' until you ask 'Maaleh Adumim? No. Givat Zev? No. Gush Etzion? No. Beit El? No.' So where are they willing to expel the Jews? Somewhere...). Here is another indication of how biased this poll is: 41% of Bayit Yehudi respondents in favor of 'unilateral withdrawal'? If that were true, it would have happened already.

Oh yes, and who sponsored the poll?
Co-chairman of the Blue and White Future movement Gilad Sher said that the Israeli public is beginning to internalize the idea that a Jewish democratic state requires withdrawing from the Palestinian territories, with or without an agreement.
That would explain a lot, wouldn't it? 

You can get a poll to say anything in this country. This one proves it.

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At 3:48 PM, Blogger Sunlight said...

I'll tell you a question I would actually like them to ask Israelis: Do you believe that a Jewish person or organization holding title to a parcel of land means that they actually have rights to the land, that they own the land, or do you believe that land is communally owned and can be shifted around by the govt, the "international community", etc. Oh, and another question for Israelis: Do you believe that different rules and rights exist if the owner is Jewish (land can be confiscated) vs. others (land is "owned" and residency (squatting) is the same as ownership, even if a Jewish title holder wants you off). There seems to be only communal conversation going on, with no apparent publishing of organized title records. So I guess that means that FSU communal holdings are the rule of the day, even thought that is *not* what the Torah says. And, even though Israel is tiny, what happens there seems to be a template for Obama - civilians under attack (Israel *and* Mexico), land/property withdrawal and/or confiscation (possibly Israel *and* the western US - and I know Israelis are okay with this, because they are accepting Green $lu$h, which is confiscated resources, not competitive market success), etc.


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