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83% of Jewish Israelis say army should hit Gaza kite-launchers

Palestinians fly kites to disrupt Israel tear-gas dispersing drones, during clashes at the Gaza and Israel border during the ninth consecutive week of protests, organised as part of the Great March of Return, on 25 May 2018 [Mohammad Asad / Middle East Monitor]
Palestinian protesters prepare to fly kites during the Great March of Return on 25 May 2018 [Mohammad Asad / Middle East Monitor]

Some 83 per cent of Jewish Israelis support calls by a number of politicians for the army to strike those Palestinians in the occupied Gaza Strip launching burning kites, according to the latest Peace Index poll, which is conducted monthly.

Asked “Do you agree or disagree with the claim that the IDF should directly target those who are launching the incendiary kites and balloons from Gaza?”, 83 per cent of Jewish Israelis expressed agreement, compared to only three per cent of Palestinian citizens (“Israeli Arabs”).

Meanwhile, when asked “which grade would you give the IDF for how it has dealt with the Palestinians’ ongoing struggle along the border with Gaza?”, 76 per cent of the Jewish public opted for “excellent” or “good”, compared to just ten per cent of Palestinian citizens.

By contrast, when asked to “grade” the government’s performance, a majority of both Jewish and Palestinian citizens disapproved – 57 per cent and 79 per cent respectively.

Read: Israel orders PA to pay $1.4m in damages for Gaza kites

Jewish Israelis were more evenly divided over the question of “which side has garnered more achievements in the ongoing conflict along the Gaza border”.

Thirty per cent of the Jewish interviewees thought the Israeli side has won more achievements, 27 per cent that the Palestinian side has won more, and 22.5 per cent see neither side with achievements. Some 8.5 per cent believe the two sides have had similar achievements.

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