TEL AVIV (May. 19)
A poll taken last month showed that 78 percent of Israelis believe Israel should maintain some degree of military or commercial ties with South Africa regardless of the embargoes imposed by the U.S. and Western European countries.
The poll, conducted by the Modi’in Ezrachi Research Institute for the business daily Mabat and Maariv, was published Tuesday. Asked for their opinion on the issue of Israel’s relations with South Africa, 15.6 percent of the respondents thought all ties should be severed and 28.3 percent thought Israel should continue to maintain full contacts with the Pretoria regime.
Among the others, 21.3 percent believed Israel should maintain commercial ties with South Africa but sever military ties, and 28.3 percent said ties should be maintained but limited.