Interesting little poll in today’s ‘Haaretz’, which maintains that, “Nearly six of every 10 Israelis think Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu should resist U.S. demands to completely freeze construction in Jewish West Bank settlements.”(1) It is interesting for a couple of reasons; firstly, we are talking about stopping construction here and not about dismanteling the settlements and, secondly, with 20% of the Israeli population being Palestinian Arabs, I am wondering if they are included in this figure. If they are not, we are talking about 60% of the Jewish population, which is less than half of the total population, and if the Palestinian Arabs are included in the survey then we are talking about some 80% of the Jewish population that wants construction on the settlements to continue. Of course, I suspect that those Palestinians once again just don’t count and we can at least console ourselves with the fact that for at least some 40% of the Zionist population at least part of the message is beginning to sink in and if the message is begin to penetrate then there might, indeed, come a day when the Zionists withdraw from all of the land that they have illegally occupied …….. illegally occupied since 1967 that is!
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