'Majority of Israeli public fearful of visiting Jerusalem'

New poll surveys sample of Israelis from across the political and religious spectrum.

By JPOST.COM STAFF
June 6, 2016 10:55
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Israeli soldiers secure the area after a stabbing attack by two Palestinian teenage girls took place in central Jerusalem on November 23. (photo credit: REUTERS)

 
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A majority of the Israeli public have refrained from visiting Jerusalem in the past year due to security concerns, according to a poll released Sunday.

According to the Smith Research Center poll commissioned by the Commanders for Israel's Security movement, 57 percent of non-Jerusalem residents said they had feared visiting Jerusalem in light of the recent wave of violence in the capital.

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Seventy-three percent of Israeli Jews surveyed also said they would feel safer if Israel separated the Jewish and Arab neighborhoods in Jerusalem.

In addition, the poll shows that 64% of women as opposed to 49% of men expressed concern over visiting the capital.

The poll conducted last week, when Avigdor Liberman was appointed as defense minister, also found that 85% of constituents who voted for his Yisrael Beytenu party had feared visiting Jerusalem even once during the past year.

Religious Israelis were the most apprehensive according to the poll, with 61% saying they feared visiting Jerusalem in the past year, while 58% of secular and 53% of "traditional" Israelis expressed fear.

The Commanders for Israel's Security movement is a coalition of some 200 former senior members of the IDF, Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency), Mossad and police forces who advocate in support of a two-state solution.

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