Poll: 75 percent of Israelis want to be in EU

Thursday, February 22, 2007 |  by Staff Writer
Most Israelis want their nation to be part of the European Union and 11 percent said they would leave Israel if they were granted EU citizenship, according to a survey.

Half of all Israeli citizens said they visited Europe in the past three years, the study found. Britain was the most popular state among Israelis who traveled to Europe with 80 percent saying it was their favorite destination. Germany placed second with 67 percent followed by Italy, Switzerland, Spain, Turkey and Norway. France was the least popular with 61 percent of those polled saying they disliked France.

The study was commissioned by the Israeli offices of the German political foundation Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung.

"The results show how deep the German-Israeli bond is and will help to bring Europe and Israel even closer,” said Dr. Lars Hansel, KAS manager in Israel. "Germany is committed to Israel's security having recently sent peacekeeping forces to the shores off Lebanon to help protect Israel and subsidized the sale of 3 Dolphin class submarines to the Israeli Navy. This poll proves that Israelis want to strengthen the German-Israel ties, too.”

The survey was conducted between February 5-7 among 511 respondents from both Jewish and Arab populations. The survey hads 4.5 margin of error.

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