Most Israelis polled express support for IDF Sgt. Elor Azariya, who is currently on trial for manslaughter as a result of his actions. Azariya shot a wounded Arab terrorist on Purim, in Hebron and is charged with manslaughter by the military prosecutor as a result.
According to the survey released by Tel Aviv University’s Peace Index and the Israel Democracy Institute on Wednesday, 4 Elul, half of the respondents believe that every Palestinian who attacks Jews should be killed, even if neutralized.
65% of respondents back Azariya, that he fired in self-defense as opposed 25% who do not believe him, stating the firing of his weapon was unnecessary.
The young soldier’s biggest support comes from the chareidim, with 95% backing him. Among the dati leumi community that number drops to 79% and among right-wingers, 81%. Support among young Jews (18-24-years-old) is 84%.
47% of Jewish respondents support firing at every terrorist who attacked Jews, even after he is neutralized. 45% disagree and feel the terrorist should be handed over to security officials. The largest support base for firing at the terrorist even after neutralized comes from young Jews, registering 69%.
Respondents were asked to rate their trust in government agencies. Ranking highest is the IDF with 87%, followed by courts (54%) and the Knesset (26%).
What do you think about statements from former PM Ehud Barak, that PM Netanyahu is causing security damage due to his poor judgement?
· 10% believe Barak and that his intentions are honorable
· 68% feel Barak simply wants to lash out at Netanyahu
· 42% of the left-wing who voted Machane Tzioni also believe Barak’s comments are politically motivated and not out of concern for state security.
Arab Sector Belief in Barak’s Statements
· 27% believe Barak is genuinely concerned for national security
· 42% believe Barak’s statements are politically motivated
· 65% believe it would be good for the nation is Barak returned to the political arena
· 72% of the right-wing oppose Barak’s return
· 54% of the centrists oppose Barak’s return
· 59.5% of the left-wing oppose Barak’s return
· 52.5% of the Arab sector backs Barak’s return
US Presidential Elections
· 62% of the Jewish and Arab residents believe former US Secretary of State Clinton will become the next president
· Fewer than 25% believe Donald Trump will emerge the victor
· The remainder “does not know”
· 38.5% of the Jews believe Trump is better for Israel
· 33% feel Clinton is better for Israel
Who would you like to see win the US presidential elections?
· 43% Clinton
· 34% Trump
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)
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