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(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
MK immigrants from the former Soviet Union disagreed Wednesday on the
significance of a Haifa University study that indicated that Russian-speaking
Israelis have shifted to the Right.
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The poll was conducted by Dean of
Research Majid Haj in honor of the 20th anniversary of the opening of the
floodgates of emigration from the FSU.
The survey had a statistical
sample of over 600 immigrant adults and had a four percent margin of
Only 13% said they were willing to concede any territory at all
for full peace with the Palestinians, compared to 37% a decade ago.
55% favored “decreasing the Arab population of Israel.” When asked whether a
leader must be “strong and charismatic,” 86% said yes.
Ze’ev Elkin (Likud) said the results were not surprising. He said immigrants
have been solidly on the Right in every election since 2001.
need a poll to know that Russian immigrants are on the Right, Elkin
MK Faina Kirschenbaum (Israel Beiteinu) expressed doubt over the
poll from a decade ago that found that immigrants were not as rightwing back
“I have trouble believing it was ever that high,” Kirschenbaum
said. “The immigrants didn’t go Right. They were always there.”
Marina Solodkin (Kadima) said the poll was not proof that immigrants from the
former Soviet Union were right-wing.
“People don’t see peace on the
horizon, but that doesn’t make them right-wing,” she said. “It makes them
skeptical and realistic. They see no partner, and that’s the
They see the Palestinians wanting to declare a state
unilaterally instead of negotiating.”
Solodkin described Russian-speaking
immigrants as pragmatic.
She said their views are those of Likud, Israel
Beiteinu and Kadima. “You don’t see them in the National Union,” she
Solodkin criticized the premise of the study, saying, “I don’t like
it when they engage in demagoguery with the opinions of immigrants.
immigrants came here when they could have gone to America because they wanted to
live in a Jewish state for ideological reasons. The fact that they don’t believe
in all the bull---- [peace process] after 20 years doesn’t make them rightwing.”