In a recent survey, 61% of Israelis said that the planned US embassy move will lead to violence. However, the majority of those who hold this belief said that the move should not be postponed.
Palestinian protesters burn a picture of US President Donald Trump and the Israeli flag in the southern Gaza Strip town of Rafah Photo Credit: Abed Rahim Khatib/Flash90
Amid the recent tensions regarding a planned Palestinian mass march in Gaza, the Israel Democracy Institute and Tel Aviv University published a monthly peace index. According to the survey, which was conducted using 600 respondents from a representative national sample, most of the public believes that the transfer of the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem will lead to a violent Palestinian outbreak. However, most of the Jewish public thinks that this is not sufficient reason to postpone the process.
According to the poll, 61% of Israelis said the planned US embassy move carries with it a high chance of a violent outbreak. However, 59.5% of those who believe that opening the embassy would lead to violence claimed that the move should not be postponed. When asked if they thought that it important to renew peace talks with the Palestinians, 54.5% of respondents said that this was important, while 40.7% thought it unimportant.
Despite the security tensions, when asked what they think is the most pressing issue the facing Israeli society, 41% answered “closing the socioeconomic gaps in Israeli society.” 23% think the fight against corruption should be a top priority, 14.5% believe that the Iranian threat is the most important issue and only 10% believe that negotiations with the Palestinians are the most important issue. 7% cited the integration of ultra-Orthodox in the army and in employment.