Interpreting this survey data is not simple, but the article, “+972 poll: Israelis reject the status quo, fear int’l isolation,” guides us through it. The general result that pollster Dahlia Scheindlin emphasizes is that over half of Israelis want to see a change in the status quo that moves in the direction of peace, with the plurality of voters who may be regarded as centrist more closely resembling the left in their views than the right. But it also shows a very divided electorate that could tip either way. Scheindlin’s article begins with this introduction:
Over 70 percent of Israelis are worried about international isolation. Half believe settlements strengthen Israeli security and over half support a breakthrough vision for resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict – roughly the same rate of support for the traditional two-state paradigm. But one-quarter support an apartheid vision for the future. Half the population supports anchoring Jewish identity in law – but over half either oppose doing so or have no opinion. Fully three-quarters support President Rivlin’s conciliatory approach and criticism of the government.
The contradictions and convictions of Israelis at the end of 2014, and the beginning of the election cycle, in a special +972 Magazine poll. Information about the poll is found at the end.
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