Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu at cabinet meeting 370.
(photo credit: Pool/ Emil Salman )
Israeli Jews are split in their support of the government’s handling of
relations with the US over whether to preemptively strike Iranian nuclear
facilities, according to August’s Peace Index released Friday.
conducted by the Israel Democracy Institute in conjunction with Tel Aviv
University, found that 43 percent of Jewish Israelis support Prime Minister
Binyamin Netanyahu’s firm engagement of US President Barack Obama on the issue
of potential military action against Iran.
Forty percent of Israeli Jews
considered Netanyahu’s approach unwise.
Notably, in the event of an
attack on Iran, 55% of Jewish Israelis said they did not feel at risk of being
The release of the data comes on the heels of public tensions
between Netanyahu and Obama over how to stop Iran’s ongoing nuclear
The comprehensive Peace Index, compiled from a sample of 516
Israeli adults on September 7 and 8, also focused on economic and social
Nearly half of Israel’s Jews (46%) reported they feel insecure
about their financial situation, a sentiment shared by 73% of Arab residents.
When the Jewish population was dissected along political lines, the Index found
that substantially more leftwing Jewish Israelis feel economically secure (63%)
than their right-wing counterparts (46%).
Data released this week by the
Central Bureau of Statistics showed that one-third of Israelis cannot cover
their monthly household expenses.
More than three-quarters of Israeli
Jews (76%) also said the government should have found other ways to reduce the
deficit than raising gas prices and the VAT tax.
Regarding the recent
Migron outpost evacuation, 45% reported satisfaction with the state complying
with a Supreme Court order to evacuate, whereas 39% disagreed with the
With respect to overall performance, Israeli Jews
maintain an overwhelmingly negative impression of the
Eighty-one percent believe the government has failed to
reduce social gaps, 78% believe the government is inattentive to the public’s
concerns, and 68% expressed disapproval with the government’s ability to fight
The poll found that Arab-Israeli impressions of the government are
similarly negative, with 79% doubting the government’s ability to reduce social
gaps, and 76% negatively assessing its attentiveness to public
The poll also showed social divides in perceptions of crime. A
full 69% of Israeli Arabs said they felt at risk of being victimized; only 38%
of Israeli Jews feel at risk of being victim of a crime.
The lone sphere
in which the government garnered the Jewish public’s support is security, with
62% expressing approval.
But despite widespread discontent in a number of
areas, the majority of Israeli Jewish respondents said they were optimistic
about the upcoming year.
Nadav Shemer contributed to this report.