A large majority of Israelis are in favor of the deal to trade kidnapped IDF
soldier Gilad Schalit for 1,027 Palestinian terrorists, despite fears that it
would lead to increased terrorism, two public opinion polls found.
Dahaf Institute poll published in Yediot Aharonot
on Monday found that 79
percent of Israelis back the deal and 14% oppose it. The majority is even larger
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poll carried out for the Midgam project that was broadcast over the weekend on
Channel 10 found that 69% backed the deal and 26% opposed it.
the motives of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, the Dahaf poll found that 49%
said he surrendered to public opinion and only 43% said he had displayed
In the Midgam poll, 35% said he had caved in to public
opinion, another 35% thought he was trying to weaken Palestinian Authority
President Mahmoud Abbas, and just 22% said he had acted exclusively “in Israel’s
When asked about the impact of the deal on Israel’s security,
50% of Dahaf respondents said they were worried and 48% said they were not
worried because they trusted the IDF. In the Midgam poll, 62% said the deal
would worsen Israel’s security situation and 32% thought it would have no
The Dahaf poll found that 65% of Israelis thought the deal could
have been closed with similar conditions in the past.
Asked which side
sacrificed its principles the most, 53% said the Israeli government, 20% said
Hamas, and another 20% said both.
The Midgam poll was taken Thursday and
Friday among a representative sample of 500 Jewish and Arab Israelis and had a
4.5% margin of error. The Dahaf poll of a representative sample of 500 Israelis
was taken Sunday and had a margin of error of 4.4%.
Smith Research Institute that was sponsored by the Free Schalit campaign in late
May found less support for the same deal. The poll found that 63% of respondents
backed the agreement, 19% said they were opposed and 18% voiced no opinion.