Israelis don't want to cede, or live in Jerusalem

Thursday, May 10, 2007 |  by Staff Writer  

A majority of Israelis oppose surrendering any part of Jerusalem in a peace settlement with the Palestinians, though most also say they would never consider living in the capital, according to a recent poll.

Conducted by Market Watch in preparation for the 40th anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem, the survey revealed what nearly every poll over the past decade has revealed: that a solid 64 percent majority of Israeli Jews would rather forego peace with the Palestinians than cede portions of their ancient holy city.

However, 78 percent of the 493 respondents also said they have no desire to live in Jerusalem.

Dr. Miya Hoshen of the Jerusalem Institute for Israel Studies told The Jerusalem Post that the unfavorable view of Jerusalem as a place of residence is due to a lack of government investment and the high cost of housing in the city.

Earlier this week, the Jerusalem Institute for Israel Studies published a report warning that if Jews are not given greater incentives to make Jerusalem their home, the city could have a majority Arab population by 2035.

Jerusalem's population today stands at 720,000, including 475,000 Jewish residents and 245,000 Arab residents.

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