Study: Israel's hold on Judea-Samaria tighter under left-wing governments

Sunday, March 30, 2008 |  by Staff Writer

An independent study has revealed what many Israel supporters have complained of for years: that land-for-peace pushing left-wing Israeli governments have ironically been outdone in the implementation of their own core policies by right-wing Israeli governments.

Conducted by leading political science professors at Tel Aviv University and Israel's Open University, the study found that left-wing governments are incapable of making serious territorial concessions to the Arabs because of the political fallout it would create, reported Ynet.

Right-wing governments, on the other hand, directly implemented Israel's withdrawals from the Sinai Peninsula, the biblical town of Hebron, large swaths of Judea and Samaria, and the entire Gaza Strip.

The study also found that right-wing parties and their supporters that are dedicated to a "Land of Israel" ideology - primarily the hundreds of thousands of Jews living in Judea and Samaria - have far less political clout in Israel than leftist conspiracy theorists like to believe.

According to the study, these groups only managed to tip the scales of Israeli politics on two occasions in recent decades, and in both incidents used their mustered political strength to topple right-wing governments.

In response to the question of why Israel's left-wing governments, which advocate a near 100% surrender of the areas currently claimed by the Arabs, haven't yet followed through on their policies, the professors concluded that even land-for-peace leftists realize that a full withdrawal could result in a dangerous security situation, and therefore prefer at present to maintain the status quo.

The findings are scheduled to be presented at an upcoming conference at Tel Aviv University dealing with Israel's 40 years of control over Judea and Samaria and the impact it has had on the state as a whole.

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