Israel's national flag is projected on the wall near the Tower of David in the Old City of Jerusalem May 20, 2017.
(photo credit: RONEN ZVULUN/REUTERS)
As the nation approaches its 70th anniversary, Jewish and Arab Israelis polled about their vision of the country’s future over the next 10 years cited Iran’s development of a nuclear weapon, government corruption and peace as their greatest concerns.
The poll, conducted by the Rotem-AR Institute and released by Sapir College, surveyed 501 Jews and 123 Arabs about a range of issues, including socioeconomic matters, peace talks, US relations and female empowerment.
According to its findings, 49% of Israelis believe government corruption is increasing, yet 63% said that it is likely that the Right will continue to rule the nation through 2028.
Only 8% predicted that a left-wing ruling coalition will emerge.
In terms of security, 60% said Israelis and Palestinians are not likely to reach a peace agreement over the next 10 years, and 54% predict that Iran will develop a nuclear weapon by 2028.
While 45% of Arabs believe Israel will likely reach peace agreements with other Arab countries in the next decade, only 30% of the Jews agreed.
With respect to international diplomacy, 53% believe relations with the US will improve, while 39% believe relations with the EU will strengthen.
Although 48% said the economy will likely improve, 56% believe it will be increasingly difficult for young families to purchase a home, and 53% said the percentage of the population living beneath the poverty line will likely increase.
In perhaps the most optimistic section of the poll, 69% said they expect increasing female empowerment.
The margin of error is estimated to be +/-3.92%.
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