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Thursday, June 11, 2009
Maagar Mochot Poll finds Israelis want PM Netanyahu to reject President Obama's demands

Maagar Mochot Poll finds Israelis want PM Netanyahu to reject President
Obama's demands
Dr. Aaron Lerner Date: 11 June 2009

A poll carried out this Wednesday and Thursday by Maagar Mohot Survey
Institute (headed by Professor Yitzchak Katz) finds that the Israeli public
wants Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to reject President Barack Obama's
demands and believes that meeting Obama's demands will only lead to
additional pressure on the Jewish State.

The poll also finds that the overwhelming majority of Israelis supports
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's argument against the feasibility of
establishing a sovereign Palestinian state that is subject to various
security restrictions. Netanyahu has warned that it is impossible to
enforce security restrictions and limitations on a sovereign Palestinian
state.

The telephone poll of a representative sample of 503 adult Israel Jews on
10-11 June 2009 has a survey error of +/- 4.5 percentage points.

Results follow:

According to various reports in the international press President Obama has
given an ultimatum to Prime Minister Netanyahu according to which Israel
must enter negotiations for the establishment of a sovereign Palestinian
state within two years.

#1 Should Netanyahu agree to President Obama's demand of a complete
construction freeze beyond the Green Line - including in Jerusalem and
settlement blocs - including "natural growth"?
No 56% Yes 37% Other replies 7%
(Among Likud voters: No 81% Yes 12% Other 7%)

#2 Is President Obama's demand of a construction halt truly a "make or
break" issue for the United States or if Netanyahu holds his ground there
really won't be a crisis?
Make or break 32% Won't be a crisis 50% Other replies 18%
(Among Likud voters: Make or break 19% Won't be crisis 63% Other 18%)

#3. Should Netanyahu agree to President Obama's reported demand that Israel
rescind Israeli sovereignty over the Old City and other parts of Jerusalem
that are beyond the Green Line as part of an agreement with the
Palestinians?
No 69% Yes 18% Other replies 13%
Kadima voters: No 63% Yes 26% Other 11%
Labor voters: No 57% Yes 29% Other 14%
Likud voters: No 82% Yes 1% Other 17%

#4 Should Netanyahu agree to President Obama's reported demand that Israel
abandon the settlement blocs as part of an agreement with the Palestinians?
No 51% Yes 34% Other replies 15%
Likud voters: No 75% Yes 17% Other 8%

#5 If Netanyahu bows to current U.S. pressure on the matter of construction
in Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria, will the pressure that the
United State places on Israel in the future be less, the same or increase?
Less pressure 23% Same pressure 22% More pressure 39% Other replies 16%
Likud voters: Less 19% Same 23% More 39% Other 19%

#6 Was Binyamin Netanyahu correct when he warned in the past that if a
sovereign Palestinian state were established that it would be impossible to
enforce security restrictions and limitations on it?
Was right 59% Wrong 28% Other replies 13%
Likud voters: Was right 83% Wrong 15% Other 2%
Kadima voters: Was right 43% Wrong 42% Other 15%

Dr. Aaron Lerner, Director IMRA (Independent Media Review & Analysis)
(Mail POB 982 Kfar Sava)
Tel 972-9-7604719/Fax 972-3-7255730
INTERNET ADDRESS: imra@netvision.net.il
Website: http://www.imra.org.il

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