Poll: Israelis want Arab citizens to emigrate

Tuesday, May 09, 2006 | 
The majority of Israelis believe the government should encourage its Arab citizens to emigrate from Israel, according to the Israel Democracy Institute’s annual survey. According to the poll, 62 percent of Israelis support Arab emigration while 29 percent believe Israel’s crucial decisions should be decided by a Jewish majority and 14 percent felt that Jewish-Arab relations are stable. The study also shows that there has been a decline in public disapproval of Israel Defense Force soldiers refusing for reasons of ideology to obey orders. Nearly 82 percent believe democracy is the ideal form of government for Israel, a five percent increase from the previous poll. Israelis place less trust in political parties than any other public institution. Out of 36 countries, Israel dropped to 20th in corruption. The Democracy Index 2006, is a poll conducted by the Gutman Center under the direction of Professor Asher Arian, winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Israel Political Science Association.

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