Most of the Jewish public in Israel supports the establishment of an apartheid regime in Israel. A majority also explicitly favors discrimination against the state’s Arab citizens a survey showed.
The survey, which was conducted by Dialog, exposes anti-Arab, ultra-nationalist views espoused by a majority of Israeli Jews. The survey was also commissioned by the Yisraela Goldblum Fund and is based on a sample of 503 interviewees. The questions of the survey were written by a group of academia-based peace and civil rights activists.
The results of the survey were surprising and shocking for many people to know what the majority thinks inside Israel today. The majority of the Jewish public wanted many things:
- 59 percent wants first choice for Jews over Arabs in admission to jobs in government ministries.
- 49 percent want the state to treat Jewish citizens better than Arab ones.
- 42 percent don’t want to live in the same building with Arabs.
- 42 percent don’t want their children in the same class with Arab children.
- A third of the Jewish public wants a law barring Israeli Arabs from voting for the Knesset
- A large majority (69 percent) objects to giving 2.5 million Palestinians the right to vote if Israel annexes the West Bank.
- 74 percent of the majority is in favor of separate roads for Israelis and Palestinians in the West Bank.
Such a situation would only alarm us of the worse that would come in the near future. The two states solution is dying because of the failure of the peace process. Also, the determination of the Israeli leadership to keep on holding the Palestinian lands for any price. Such a survey gives us a smaller idea of how things would look like after five or ten years. After this time it will be impossible to create any kind of a Palestinian state and then both the Palestinians and the Israelis will be facing a new reality. This new reality includes a Palestinian demand for equality and basic rights that will definitely be refused by Israel.
It is clear that Israel today wants to keep on holding the Palestinian occupied lands. This is because of the benefit that Israel gets out of it, whether it is the settlements, the control of the Palestinian economy or even the security card. What makes this strategy not perfect is the later outcome that it will bring to Israel and its people that the majority of it today think it is even possible to live in such terms that they are asking for in this survey.