Poll: most Is­raelis scared to visit J’lem

Jerusalem Post - - NEWS - • Jerusalem Post staff

A ma­jor­ity of the Is­raeli pub­lic has re­frained from vis­it­ing Jerusalem in the past year due to se­cu­rity con­cerns, ac­cord­ing to a poll re­leased Sun­day.

Ac­cord­ing to the Smith Re­search Cen­ter poll com­mis­sioned by the Com­man­ders for Is­rael’s Se­cu­rity move­ment, 57 per­cent of non-Jerusalem res­i­dents said they had feared vis­it­ing Jerusalem in light of the re­cent wave of vi­o­lence in the cap­i­tal.

Sev­enty-three per­cent of Is­raeli Jews sur­veyed also said they would feel safer if Is­rael sep­a­rated the Jewish and Arab neigh­bor­hoods in Jerusalem.

In ad­di­tion, the poll shows that 64% of women as op­posed to 49% of men ex­pressed con­cern over vis­it­ing the cap­i­tal.

The poll, which was con­ducted last week when Avig­dor Liber­man was ap­pointed as de­fense min­is­ter, also found that 85% of con­stituents who voted for his Yis­rael Beytenu Party had feared vis­it­ing Jerusalem even once dur­ing the past year.

Re­li­gious Is­raelis were the most ap­pre­hen­sive ac­cord­ing to the poll, with 61% say­ing they feared vis­it­ing Jerusalem in the past year, while 58% of sec­u­lar and 53% of “tra­di­tional” Is­raelis ex­pressed fear.

The Com­man­ders for Is­rael’s Se­cu­rity move­ment is a coali­tion of some 200 for­mer se­nior mem­bers of the IDF, Shin Bet (Is­rael Se­cu­rity Agency), Mos­sad and police forces who advocate in support of a two-state so­lu­tion.

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