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60 percent of Israeli Jews favour segregation from Arabs

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Published: 10 June 2022

Last updated: 5 March 2024

New surveys show Israeli Jews have swerved to the right; Netanyahu bloc likely to form government if there is a new election

Some 60 percent of Israeli Jews believe it is best for Jews and Arabs to live apart, according to a newly released survey conducted by the Israeli Democracy Institute in March

Support for segregation rose from 45 percent last year, after riots in a number of mixed Jewish-Arab cities during the last round of fighting in Gaza.

Less than a third of Arabs support segregation.

A separate poll released this week shows the bloc supporting former prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu would earn 60 seats, not a majority but potentially enough to form a coalition. The parties in the current coalition would earn 54 seats.

The poll comes amid fears that the current coalition could fall and elections could be declared after Ghaida Rinawie Zoabi (Meretz) and Mazen Ghanaim (Ra’am) voted against the bill.

Other Ra'am MKs and former coalition head Idit Silman absented themselves from the vote on the directive giving Israel legal jurisdiction over Israelis living in the West Bank that has been approved every five years since 1967.

60 Percent of Israeli Jews Favour Segregation

Netanyahu-bloc would earn 60 seats in next elections - KAN poll (Jerusalem Post)

Netanyahu and the right are about to regain power; they’ll hold it for a long time (Times of Israel)

Sa’ar to try again to advance settler law bill, admits coalition may be on last legs (Times of Israel)

Israel can't afford failure of idea that Arab party can be in coalition - analysis (Jerusalem Post)

Calls intensify for coalition MKs who torpedoed key bill to resign from Knesset (Times of Israel)

Photo: Benjamin Netanyahu as Opposition Leader at the reopening of the Knesset in May, (AAP)

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