Most Israelis oppose further withdrawals

Wednesday, March 19, 2008 |  by Staff Writer

A firm majority of Israelis today oppose further withdrawals from their biblical heartland of Judea and Samaria in the context of the Middle East peace process, according to the results of a new public opinion poll released this week.

Surveyed by the Motagim polling company, over 65 percent of respondents said that in light of the disastrous results of Israel's 2005 withdrawal from Gaza, they no longer view pulling out of Judea and Samaria as a viable path to peace.

Only 24 percent of those polled said they support further withdrawals from Judea and Samaria.

The Arab world and the international community insist that Israel must surrender all of Judea and Samaria to the Palestinian Authority if it wants to enjoy peace and security in the region.

In a purported attempt to test that condition and alleviate itself of a security burden, Israel unilaterally surrendered the Gaza Strip to the Palestinians in 2005, uprooting more than 8,000 Jews who had lived there for decades and pulling all Israeli security forces out of the area.

Gaza-based rocket attacks on southern Israel immediately escalated, and less than a year later the Hamas terrorist organization rode what it called Israel's retreat from Gaza to a landslide electoral victory. A year after that, Hamas militarily seized control of Gaza and transformed it into the world's preeminent Islamic terrorist haven.

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