Saturday, November 10, 2012
A majority of Israeli Jews favor introducing discriminatory policies against the country's Arab population and would support an "apartheid" system in the West Bank if it were ever annexed, an opinion poll has shown
More than two-thirds of those questioned by Dialog, an opinion pollster, said that they would oppose suffrage for the 2.5 million Palestinians living in the West Bank were it to be annexed to Israel. Nearly three-quarters - 74% - say that they also support a system of segregated roads for Palestinians and Israelis in the West Bank, although the majority said that they would view such a policy as “necessary” rather than “good”. The survey found that a majority of the Jewish public - 59% - say that they want a system that gives preference to Jews applying for civil service jobs. Arabs, who constitute 20% of the Israeli population, complain that such a policy unofficially exists already.