Israel Opposes Future Concessions in the West Bank and Golan Heights

Israelis overwhelmingly take a hard line against any future concessions in the West Bank or the Golan Heights, according to the results of a poll published in Maariv today. The poll was conducted by the Modi’in Ezrachi Research Institute.

It showed that 65 percent of the population is opposed to any territorial concessions in the West Bank and 95 percent believes that the Golan Heights are essential to Israel’s security.

Only 7.6 percent of the respondents would be willing to give up all of the Jewish settlements so far established in the West Bank. Another 21.9 per cent was prepared to abandon some of them. Only 28.3 percent supported a freeze on new settlement activity to 36.7 percent opposed.

Asked about the future of the territory, apart from settlement activity, 49.4 percent of the respondents rejected any territorial compromise for peace, 33.9 percent would consider concessions in some restricted areas and 14.8 percent would be prepared to relinquish the entire territory for peace.

On the question of the Golan Heights, 78.7 percent thought Jewish settlement there was essential for security and 63.9 percent would not give up any part of the region. By contrast, 25.6 percent would abandon certain parts of the region while 14.5 percent thought the Golan settlements had some importance for defense.

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