web analytics
July 2, 2015 / 15 Tammuz, 5775
At a Glance
InDepth
Sponsored Post


Haaretz Claims Right-Wing Voters Support Division Of Jerusalem

Keeping-Jerusalem

We came across this startling headline in Haaretz:”Most Right-Wing Voters Support Establishment of Palestinian State and Division of Jerusalem.” But Haaretz, as dovish and radical as it is, surely wouldn’t lie straight out, would they? So how did they come up with such a headline?

The answer is a combination of what Dr. Aaron Lerner of IMRA (Independent Media Review Analysis) calls “if pigs could fly” surveys, and the concept that more people only read the first two paragraphs of an article than actually read all the way down. (Readers of this column are clearly an exception.)

In fact, it almost seems as if this particular Haaretz article was specifically designed to have readers stop reading before they would actually get to the meat of the matter. The first paragraph states categorically that most Likud and Jewish Home supporters would support a Palestinian state, demilitarized, based on the 1967 borders, with Jerusalem divided and the settlement blocs under Israeli control. The second and third paragraphs, however, give no further information on this startling finding, but rather provide some background on S. Daniel Abraham, who commissioned the surveys, and former congressman Robert Wexler, who runs Abraham’s research institute.

By this time, readers who might have been interested in finding out more about the surveys themselves has likely lost interest. They thus leave with the impression given by the headline and story leader – namely, that, contrary to all they have ever read or believed, even nationalist Israelis want a two-state solution and the division of Jerusalem. Coincidentally, this is also the position of both Haaretz and S. Daniel Abraham.

But those who continued reading learned much to offset their original impression. They read how the poll question was actually formulated, as follows:

“If the Government of Israel were to present for referendum a peace agreement that would:

1. put an end to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict,2. be implemented only after the Palestinians fulfill all their obligations, especially combating terrorism, and

3. be confirmed by the United States, would you support or oppose?”

Before answering, the respondents were also informed of some details of the proposed agreement:

4. Two states would be established, one for the Jewish Nation and one for the Palestinian nation,5. Arab refugees would be able to return only to the new Arab state,

6-7. the Arab state would be demilitarized and “based on” the 1967 borders,

8. the large Israeli settlement blocs would remain under Israeli sovereignty,

9. the Arab neighborhoods of Jerusalem would be under Palestinian sovereignty,

10. the Old City would be run jointly by the U.S., Israel and the Palestinians.

Over 57 percent of Likud Beiteinu voters said they would support such an agreement, while nearly 30 percent said they would oppose. Among respondents who said they’ll be voting for the Jewish Home party headed by Naftali Bennett, the margin was narrower: half said they would support it, and 44% said they would oppose.

It can be imagined that the following thoughts went quickly through the minds of many respondents: “End to the conflict; total peace; no risk because the Palestinians must first fulfill their obligations; no Arab refugees in Israel; settlement blocs under total Israeli control. Sounds fantastic!” Many of them – though not much more than half, actually – even went so far as to say they would indeed support such a plan.

Let’s review some of the conditions outlined in the poll question and see how they fulfill Dr. Lerner’s “if pigs could fly” definition.

1. “The agreement would ‘put an end’ to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.” Who could ever make such a guarantee? Whenever one Arab leader gets up to say he might consider recognizing Israel under such-and-such circumstances, others rise up to vow that they never will! In fact, almost every time “peace talks” get underway, the immediate result is a rash of terrorist attacks by Arabs who are not quite interested in an “end to the conflict.”

2. “It would be implemented only after the Palestinians fulfill all their obligations, especially combating terrorism.” Past experience, especially with the Wye Plantation Agreement, has shown that this type of clause is simply not enforced. In fact, Israel was deemed to have been in violation of Wye because it insisted on PA fulfillment before carrying out its side.

5. “Arab refugees would be able to return only to the new Arab state.” The Arabs have never agreed to anything remotely similar to this clause. In fact, several Israeli negotiators have already been forced to agree to allow some Arab refugees into Israel.

6. “The Arab state would be demilitarized.” The PA has never agreed to anything remotely similar to this clause.

8. “The large Israeli settlement blocs would remain under Israeli sovereignty.” On paper it sounds good, but how many settlement blocs and Jewish residents are actually involved? What standard of living would they enjoy surrounded on two or three sides by a hostile entity? And again, what percentage of Palestinian terrorists would actually accept this arrangement?

9. “The Arab neighborhoods of Jerusalem would be under Palestinian sovereignty.” How exactly is the division of Jerusalem to be implemented on the ground? Is there to be a wall down the middle, as there was before 1948? Alternatively, will armed PA policemen patrol alongside Jewish families walking from Ramat Eshkol, for instance, to the Old City? Will PA policemen give tickets to Jewish motorists who drive from Gilo to Talpiot via Beit Tsafafa? The capital’s Jewish neighborhoods that border the Palestinian entity – will they be able to continue to grow, or even hold their own? In general, the plethora of question marks hovering over the concept of dividing Jerusalem renders the plan unsafe, illogical and unjust on the local, national and even international levels.

10. “The Old City would be run jointly by the U.S., Israel and the Palestinians.” Need more be said?

Despite all the above, misleading surveys of this nature have important lessons for us. They teach us that those pushing for the division of Jerusalem have the resources and the will to continue fighting for their catastrophic cause. And they teach us that we still have an uphill battle to convince our neighbors, not to mention the rest of the world, that Yerushalayim Ir HaKodesh cannot and must not be divided again.

Let us redouble our efforts to make sure that Jerusalem remains united, in word and deed, under Jewish-Israeli rule. To learn the facts via bus tours of critical parts of Jerusalem, or to receive updates on the battle to keep Yerushalayim, send an e-mail to tours@keepjerusalem.org or visit the Keep Jerusalem-Im Eshkachech website at www.keepjerusalem.org.

About the Author: Chaim Silberstein is president of Keep Jerusalem-Im Eshkachech and the Jerusalem Capital Development Fund. He was formerly a senior adviser to Israel's minister of tourism. Hillel Fendel, past senior editor at Israel National News/Arutz-7, is a veteran writer on Jerusalem affairs. Both have lived in Jerusalem and now reside in Beit El.


If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.

Our comments section is intended for meaningful responses and debates in a civilized manner. We ask that you respect the fact that we are a religious Jewish website and avoid inappropriate language at all cost.

If you promote any foreign religions, gods or messiahs, lies about Israel, anti-Semitism, or advocate violence (except against terrorists), your permission to comment may be revoked.

2 Responses to “Haaretz Claims Right-Wing Voters Support Division Of Jerusalem”

  1. All Jews must consider what would be in the best interests of Israel.

    The ability of Jews to live in historic Jerusalem and other core areas of the Jewish homeland have been miraculous.

    But sometimes the love of the place blinds one to the realities that must be considered.

    Foremost in all of Jewish history has been the relationship with the much greater powers outside of Israel.

    It is a very complex relationship.

    Almost the entire world is aligned against Israel today, except notably the US,
    Canada and the Czech Republic.

    But this lifeline is becoming more like a frayed rope that can break.

    President Obama has signaled with his appointment of Chuck Hagel, that he intends in the next four years to move away from Israel and closer to Iran.

    I don't know what reasonable actions Israel can take to change this trend.

    But those who call for an annexation of all of Judea Samaria and evacuation of the Arab population, along with those who have not condemned Baruch Goldstein, are.
    certainly helping to sever the rope.

  2. Ha'aretz seems to believe that if they invent a poll that nobody is going to question it.

    I am going to go way out on a limb and state that you couldn't even find 10% of Jewish Israelis that would support the division of Jerusalem for any reason whatsoever.

Comments are closed.

Current Top Story
Egyptian president Abdel Fattah el-Sisi.
Egypt vs. ISIS: Victory or Death
Latest Indepth Stories
Dr. Michael J. Salamon

Kids shouldn’t have “uninstructed” Internet access, better to train them how to use it responsibly

Gerstenfeld-070315

What if years from now, IS were to control substantial territory? What world havoc would that wreak?

Rabbi Yeheskel Lebovic

Rambam writes the verse’s double term refers to 2 messiahs: first King David; 2nd the final Mashiach

The Marianne boat, carrying humanitarian aid such, as a single and useless solar panel.

The Gaza flotilla has been rightfully and legally blocked by Israel’s Navy, with greetings from Bibi

The president described the attack as “an act that drew on a long history of bombs and arson and shots fired at churches, not random, but as a means of control, a way to terrorize and oppress…”

“The only [candidate] that’s going to give real support to Israel is me,” said the 69-year-old Trump.

And whereas at the outset the plan was that Iran would have to surrender most of its centrifuges, it will now be able to retain several thousand.

Now oil independent, US no longer needs its former strategic alliances with Gulf States-or Israel

In addition to the palace’s tremendous size it was home to the “hanging gardens,” which were counted among the seven wonders of the ancient world.

Rather than asserting Jewish rights on Temple Mount or protecting Jewish lives Israel chooses soccer

Nothing in the NEW Paris Proposal differs much from what was offered by Olmert and rejected by Abbas

No longer will delegitimization efforts go unchallenged. That’s a silence we will continue to break.

Increasingly, Sweden is becoming a country where anti-Semitism & supporting terrorism is acceptable.

Rabbi Pfeffer points out that at his site, there are no one-line answers. “We want to show the people we’re interested in their questions,” he says.

More Articles from Hillel Fendel and Chaim Silberstein / KeepJerusalem.org
Keeping-Jerusalem

Considering the news, it’s not for nothing the Midrash calls Jerusalem the world’s umbilical center

Keeping-Jerusalem

For a peace treaty with the PA, half the Israeli public would agree to divide the Jerusalem

48 years ago this week the IDF with heroism & Divine providence liberated our holy capital Jerusalem

“We returned to this Land not in order to be murdered, or uprooted. We came here to be replanted!”

Negotiations with the PA raises fears that some of Jerusalem will be handed over to foreign control

All Zionist parties must demonstrate that a united Jewish Yerushalayim is an absolute imperative

Israel’s full sovereignty over a united Jerusalem is the only path for true peace in the region.

Despite its name, the Muslim Quarter was home to many Jews and 6 yeshivot in the 19th century

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/indepth/columns/keeping-jerusalem/haaretz-claims-right-wing-voters-support-division-of-jerusalem/2013/01/03/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: