Eretz Israel is our unforgettable historic homeland...The Jews who will it shall achieve their State...And whatever we attempt there for our own benefit will redound mightily and beneficially to the good of all mankind. (Theodor Herzl, DerJudenstaat, 1896)

We offer peace and amity to all the neighbouring states and their peoples, and invite them to cooperate with the independent Jewish nation for the common good of all. The State of Israel is ready to contribute its full share to the peaceful progress and development of the Middle East.
(From Proclamation of the State of Israel, 5 Iyar 5708; 14 May 1948)

With a liberal democratic political system operating under the rule of law, a flourishing market economy producing technological innovation to the benefit of the wider world, and a population as educated and cultured as anywhere in Europe or North America, Israel is a normal Western country with a right to be treated as such in the community of nations.... For the global jihad, Israel may be the first objective. But it will not be the last. (Friends of Israel Initiative)

Tuesday 10 May 2011

Many Jerusalem Arabs Fear Palestinian Rule, Poll Shows

It's what every Israel-demoniser should be told.

Including Al Beeb, which when all is said and done should be telling us!

In a recent survey conducted by Pechter Middle East Polls, Dr David Pollock, a former senior adviser on the Middle East at the US State Department, has made a groundbreaking investigation of Arab public opinion in east Jerusalem.

Less than a third of those polled  - 31 per cent - would prefer to live in a Palestinian state.

A further 23 per cent were undecided.

About 40 per cent of respondents would try to move to Israel if their neighbourhoods came under Palestinian rule, giving as reasons for their choice such benefits as freedom of movement, more job opportunities, higher income, and the availability of health insurance.

A majority of respondents claimed that a unilateral Palestinian declaration of independence would prove either detrimental to their status or irrelevant, with many fearing that under Palestinian rule they would lack   the right to free speech and freedom of expression.

Presenting his findings to a roundtable meeting of the World Jewish Congress (WJC) in Jerusalem, Dr Pollock noted that  “any attempt to transfer control over Palestinian neighborhoods would be contrary to the wishes of the majority of Jerusalem's Palestinian population. Many Jerusalem Arabs believe that Israel has 'won the war of attitudes' and prefer the status quo.”

Arab Christians, who comprise only 7 percent of Jerusalem's population, were found to be particularly fearful of a future under Palestinian statehood.

Remarked the WJC Institute 's chairman,  retired diplomat Mordechai  Palzur:
“Dr. Pollock’s groundbreaking research highlights the complexity of the situation in Jerusalem, which is not always understood, and makes clear that any division of the city is impossible.”


1 comment:

  1. Fascinating indeed and not totally a shock when you think about it.
    I'd like to hear an expert on surveys critique Pollock's methodology.
    To be rigorous.
    I am not a Republican (and never voted for Reagan) but some of his words were quite wise: "Trust. But verify."


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