JPost.com Staff , THE JERUSALEM POST
Seventy five percent of Israeli Jews support the evacuation of unauthorized outposts in the West Bank, with 57% saying that they would even support the use of force in such evacuations and 18% saying that they would support the government on the issue if the evacuations come following an agreement with the settlers. Only 25% said that they opposed any removal of outposts, according to a study conducted by the Institute for National Security Studies and released for publication Sunday.
The Public Opinion Survey on National Security Issues also found that 58% of Israeli Jews supported the continued expansion of West Bank settlements. However, only 17% supported further growth over the green line if such activity "will result in a confrontation with the United States." 42% of the public opposed all construction in settlements.
The survey found that Jewish backing for a Palestinian state has been steadily declining since it peaked at 60% in 2006. This year's survey found that 53% of Jewish Israelis accepted the establishment of a Palestinian state alongside Israel. Still, the survey drew a distinction between a solution based on a "Palestinian state" and a solution based on the formula "two states for two peoples."
The survey also found that support for the "two states for two peoples" formula has been consistently above 60% in the past few years, with 64% voicing support for such a solution to the conflict in 2009.
According to the survey, Israelis were reluctant to accept a return to the 1967 borders and the evacuation of all West Bank settlements. The study found that only 15% were willing to entertain the possibility of a full pullout, up from 14% in 2007. Some 43% were willing to accept the evacuation of "small and isolated settlements" in return for peace, as opposed to 45% in 2007.
The survey, which was conducted during the first three weeks of May 2009, also gauged the public's stance regarding engagement with Hamas. Only 18% of the respondents expressed support for dialogue - direct and indirect - with the Islamic rulers of the Gaza Strip. All in all, 72% supported continued military pressure on Hamas, including 33% who were in favor of toppling the Hamas government "even by occupying the entire Gaza Strip." The remaining 10% supported the continuation of the Gaza blockade.
Regarding the nuclear threat from Teheran, the survey found that 59% of Jewish Israelis support a military strike against the Iranian nuclear facilities if Israel were to determine that the Islamic republic has obtained nuclear weapons.
Forty-one percent, on the other hand, said "Israel should use all the diplomatic means available to dismantle Iran's nuclear capability but avoid a military attack."
Still, only 21% said that they believed that Iran would "attack Israel with nuclear weapons with the goal of Israel's destruction," and only 3% said that they would leave the country if Teheran obtained such capabilities. Eight percent said they would "consider" emigrating from Israel if faced by a concrete nuclear threat from Iran.
The study also found that the Israel public is broadly opposed to a withdrawal from the Golan Heights in exchange for peace with Syria, with only 3% of respondents coming out in favor of ceding the entire territory. A vast majority, 60%, opposes any withdrawal from the plateau, and 20% stated that they were "willing to return the Golan to Syrian sovereignty but leave the Israeli settlements on the Golan."
Who is the National Institute of Security Studies, the NISS, who conducted this poll?
The Institute for National Security Studies (INSS) is an independent academic institute that studies key issues relating to Israel's national security and Middle East affairs. Through its mixture of researchers with backgrounds in academia, the military, government, and public policy, INSS is able to contribute to the public debate and governmental deliberation of leading strategic issues and offer policy analysis and recommendations to decision makers and public leaders, policy analysts, and theoreticians, both in Israel and abroad. As part of its mission, it is committed to encourage new ways of thinking and expand the traditional contours of establishment analysis.
Conceiving of security studies as a dynamic interdisciplinary field that involves military, intellectual, economic, and social resources, the Institute strives to reflect that diversity and complexity through research and policy recommendations of the highest standard. Complementing the traditional areas of defense, security doctrine, and politics, INSS has expanded its focus to include the "softer" components of national security, such as domestic trends and social processes.
The Institute is non-partisan, independent, and autonomous in its fields of research and expressed opinions. As an external institute of Tel Aviv University, it maintains a strong association with the academic environment. In addition, it has a strong association with the political and military establishment.
What they don't stress is their STRONG ASSOCIATION WITH THE LEFT , and their membership in the EMP:
The definition of a common area of peace and stability through a reinforced political and security dialogue;
The construction of a zone of shared prosperity through an economic and financial partnership and the gradual creation of a free trade zone in order to integrate the Mediterranean partners more closely with the European Union's economic system, which is the largest in the region, and
The creation of closer links between peoples in the region through a social, cultural and human partnership designed to encourage mutual understanding and cooperation between civil societies there.
|Institute for National Security Studies (INSS)||= |
Director: Mr. Zvi Shtauber
EuroMeSCo "liaison officer": Ms. Emily Landau
The INSS (former JCSS) was created in 1977 with the main objectives of advancing research and contributing to the expansion of knowledge on relevant strategic subjects and promoting public understanding of, and pluralistic thought on, matters of Israeli national security and Middle Eastern strategic affairs.
Main areas of focus
Israeli security policy; Arab-Israeli relations; the Middle East balance of forces, US policy in the Middle East; terrorism; public opinion and national security; the Arab-Israeli peace process; arms control and regional security; EU policy in the Middle East and relations with Israel.
In fulfillment of its aims, INSS conducts research on a multiplicity of factors: political, military, economic, psychological, sociological, etc., that involve strategic issues......
History & Governance
The Institute for National Security Studies was launched in October 2006, incorporating the Jaffee Center for Strategic Studies at Tel Aviv University, an independent academic institute that was founded in 1977 at the initiative of Tel Aviv University by Major General (res.) Aharon Yariv, former head of Military Intelligence, government minister, and member of Knesset. The Center was a pioneer in Israel, defining strategic studies and establishing defense and national security as research fields. In its new form, INSS became an external institute of Tel Aviv University, enjoying a strong academic affiliation with the university but maintaining financial and organization independence.
INSS has a Board of Directors, composed of a chairman, public representatives, and representatives of Tel Aviv University. There is also an international Board of Trustees, composed of individuals who follow and take an active interest in INSS research and events. The general INSS budget is based on money from the INSS endowment, matching funds from Israel's Council for Higher Education; and outside contribution.
WHO WAS AHARON YARIV?: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aharon_Yariv
A LEFT-WING MK: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alignment_(political_party)
To give you an idea of some of their most recent articles, which should tell us something about their orientation and beliefs: you can see that the articles are EXTREMELY TENDENTIOUS, practically SUICIDAL FOR ISRAEL.
| Yehuda Ben Meir in Haaretz |
The attempt to turn Obama into Israel's enemy is mendacious, foolish, irresponsible and potentially disastrous. There will probably be more disputes between Israel and the new president, not only because of his clear worldview and determination, but also because of the current Israeli government's shortsightedness.
You get the idea. I did not even research WHO IS FUNDING THIS INSTITUTE, BUT WITH THEIR EUROPEAN TIES, YOU CAN BE PRETTY SURE THAT THERE IS SOME MIGHTY DIRTY MONEY FLOWING HERE.
Now compare this with another, recent poll:
(IsraelNN.com) Most Israelis support the Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria, according to a poll released Monday and conducted by Ma'agar Mohot. The poll was conducted among Israelis living outside of Judea and Samaria. A large majority of 70 percent of the respondents said Israel should not evacuate any communities in Judea and Samaria or should evacuate only a few. Only 30 percent said that Israel should evacuate all or most of the communities.
In addition, 78 percent of the respondents said they would buy products from Judea and Samaria. A large majority of 82 percent said they would not support anti-Judea and Samaria groups and 80 percent said they would not demonstrate against Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria.