Poll: Israelis believe in coexistence, but don't want Jewish-Arab neighborhoods

A poll conducted by the Givat Haviva Center for a Shared Society has found that a majority of Israelis, Jewish and Arab, would like to see coexistence promoted, but only a few would be willing to support actual steps towards it.
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Only 13% of Israelis, Jewish and Arab, would be willing to live nearby families of the other nationality, though 66% said coexistence should be promoted, according to a poll conducted by the Givat Haviva Center for a Shared Society.

The poll indicates that people of both nationalities would generally like to see coexistence promoted though legislation and education, but only a few of them would personally take steps to promote it.

71.1% of the poll takers said Jewish and Arab teachers should be trained to promote coexistence. 56.4% of Jews would like their children to learn Arabic from an early age. 84.2% of Arabs would like their children to learn Hebrew.

However, 70% of Jews said they do not support the use of state-owned land to expand Arab towns. Only 10% of Jews believe it is important to increase the number of Arabs working in governmental and public bodies.

"The majority of the Jewish population seems unwilling to give up resources and positions of power for equality," said Yaniv Sagi, the head of the Givat Haviva Center for a Shared Society.



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