I generally perceive things differently from others. My mind lives naturally "out of the box." It's not a thinking process, or technique I've had to learn and adopt. So it feels pretty peculiar to see these two polls, one by Dahaf for Yediot Ahronot and the other by Maagar Mohot Survey Institute for Israel Policy Center and discover that I'm in the "majority" more than once.
Of course, a sizable percentage of the people asked are frequently changing their opinions. The fact that today we agree doesn't mean that they will agree with me tomorrow or they agreed with me last year.
Now, 73% oppose "an additional unilateral withdrawal from Judea and Samaria," but that doesn't mean that they won't support it, if and G-d forbid when the government proposes it "packaged differently." We shouldn't relax and get over-confident. This is a sign that with the right approach the country is with us.
Here are four very crucial questions, basically the same, and look at the consistent replies:
Do you agree or disagree with the assertion that the Israeli foreign and
security policy towards the Arab State and the Palestinians in the last five
years was not responsibly managed?
Agree (was irresponsible) 57% Disagree 23% Other 20%
Do you agree or disagree with the assertion that today, in retrospect, the
push to reach peace with the Palestinians caused damage to the State of
Agree (damaged) 57% Disagree 31% Other 12%
Do you agree or disagree with the assertion that the citizens of Israel
should make a basic change in their relationship towards Arabs and
Palestinians, and relate to them with considerably more hardness and not
seek simple ways to resolve the Israeli Arab conflict?
Agree (change) 62% Disagree 27% Other 11%
What position do you identify more with:
17% Make peace with enemies
60% Israel's enemies don't want peace with us
16% Both to same extent
But this is the one closest to my heart:
What position do you identify more with?
82% The lives of IDF soldiers
should not be endangered in order to preserve
the lives of innocent Lebanese civilians.
04% The lives of IDF soldiers should be endangered in order to
preserve the lives of innocent Lebanese civilians
My neighbor, Moshe Keinan was the first to bring this point to the public after his son, Avihu, was killed in a badly planned army action.
Join the Od Avihu Chai March to Jerusalem, on Succot, Thursday, October 12. For details call Orit 0545-649-140. It's possible to join us at any part of the route, even when we're approaching the Old City Walls of Jerusalem and then sing and dance with us to the Kotel!