The Zionist Conspiracy
Thursday, June 04, 2009
The Distortion Of Israeli Public Opinion
I basically read everything written about Israel that is available online, and am appalled at the distortion of Israeli public opinion that appears repeatedly in purportedly reputable news sources.
There is a myth, for example, that the overwhelming majority of Israelis abhor settlements and support a return to the '67 borders, and that those nasty settlers are hijacking the will of the Israeli people.
This is completely false, as several new polls of actual Israelis demonstrate.
A new Geocartography poll, for example, confirms that a majority of Israelis not only reject a settlement freeze, but even reject evacuating unauthorized settlement outposts. Another poll, taken by Shvakim Panorama for Israel Radio, states that Israelis are evenly split about outposts, but by a nearly 2-1 margin reject a settlement freeze.
Another Geocartography poll shows that even in exchange for a peace agreement, by a margin of 50 percent to 43 percent (7 percent had no opinion), a majority of Israelis reject "transferring a large portion of the territories in Judea and Samaria to the Palestinians."
As reported by Ynet, Tel Aviv University's War and Peace Index reaches similar conclusions. A majority of Israelis support Prime Minister Netanyahu's stance, and while Israelis would be willing to evacuate outposts and some isolated settlements, they would not evacuate all settlements "even if a peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians depended on it."
UPDATE: The Forward's Nathan Jeffay has joined those who have misrepresented Israeli public opinion. In Jeffay's case, his report egregiously distorts the Tel Aviv University poll results. Read his report and Ynet's report and see for yourself. Of course, Jeffay is surely keeping his boss at The Forward happy, which presumably takes precedence over accuracy.