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May 17, 2015 6:24 pm

Poll: 92 Percent of Israeli Jews Say Jerusalem is Israel’s Eternal Capital

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A new poll released in time for Jerusalem Day on Sunday revealed that a full 92% of Israeli Jews believe Jerusalem is Israel’s capital, and should remain that way permanently, Israeli daily Maariv reported.

Meanwhile, a small minority of Israeli Jews, 8% according to the same poll, disagreed with the notion that Jerusalem should be Israel’s capital, saying that the government should consider declaring Tel Aviv as the capital instead.

The survey, which was conducted by the Herzog Academic College, also explored the academic curricula in schools which relate to Jerusalem and the capital’s history.

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The survey’s data showed that 48% of Israelis want the subject of Jerusalem to be taught during specially designated hours as part of the school curriculum. 24% said the subject only needs reinforcement when it comes to studying about Jerusalem Day, and 28% said the current education curriculum adequately addresses Jerusalem and its history.

Breaking down the survey’s results by level of the respondents’ religious observance, the poll showed that 80% of National Religious respondents said the curriculum should address the matter of Jerusalem more, compared to 34% of the secular public.

By locality, 72% of Jerusalem’s residents said the curriculum should emphasize the city more, compared with 46% of residents of the Gush Dan region, which includes Tel Aviv.

When asked if Jerusalem Day should be given the status of a national holiday in order to strengthen the status of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, 21% concurred, whereas 53% said it was not necessary, and 26% said they were satisfied with the current arrangement which includes limited school hours and devoting the day to field trips, tours and gatherings in the city.

Jerusalem Day commemorates the city’s reunification under Israeli rule by IDF forces during the Six Day War in 1967. While the day has lost much of its significance with the secular Israeli public, it still holds special meaning for the adherents of Religious Zionism in Israel.

In 1980, Israel’s Knesset passed the Jerusalem Law, which declared that the “complete and united” Jerusalem was Israel’s capital.

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  • robert davis

    National religious respondents are 80% to believe Jerusalem should remain in jews’ hands but they do not even want to be part of IDF and defend their country! They want only the advantages, they must be subject tomilitary service whether they like it or not. Moreover to keep Jerusalem and Western Palestine arabs MUST be expelled. This is not a mundane topic but geopolitics.

  • shloime

    jerusalem has always been israel’s capital, even when east jerusalem was under (illegal) jordanian occupation. this isn’t a matter of “belief”.

    does anyone take polls of germans as to whether they “believe” berlin should be their capital? do americans argue about whether their children should be taught about the history of washington?

    what israelis need to be teaching, both to their children, and to the rest of the world, is that ramallah is the capital of the plo, and the attempt to steal the city of king david from the jews, is only the latest attack on israel by the arab terrorists.

  • 10

    IF THE JEWS WORKED AT ELLIS ISLAND IT WOULD BE FILLED ADDING JEWISH HERITAGE. ORIGINAL BENCHES ADDING THE BOOTHS FURNITURE CLEANED AND DISPLAYED ON THE FIRST FLOOR FROM THOSE DAYS ARE STILL AROUND.

  • 10

    PROMOTES THE JEWISH HERITAGE

  • 10

    THE JEWISH PARADE WAS PURPOSELY INTENTED NOT TO BE ATTRACTIVE TO FADE THE INTEREST AND OTHER ELABORATE PARADES WAS ALLOWED. WHY WE ALL HAD T-SHIRTS ON IN DIFFERENT COLORS WAS THE ONLY SPECTACULAR SHOWN.

  • 10

    THE ISRAEL PARADE TO GIVE BUSINESS TO THE LOCAL KOSHER RESTAURANTS. IF THE IRISH CAN DO IT WITH THEIR PARADE FILLING THE BARS THEN THE JEWS CAN DO IT WITH THEIR KOSHER EATERIES.

  • Richard

    Jerusalem is and always shall be the capital of Israel. God bless the people of Israel.

  • SARA RIFKA

    HAPPY JERUSALEM DAY…..I MISSED IT BY 7 HOURS BUT GOT THE FLAVOR….

    8 % IS NOT ENOUGH TO MENTION OTHER TO NOTIFY THE WORLD HOW SMALL AND UNDIGNIFIED THESE INDIVIDUALS ARE AND TO GUESS THAT A SMALL AMOUNT MAKE BE JEWS BUT THE REMAINDER IMAGINATIVELY GENTILE AND ARAB…..IF THEY DON’T LIKE THEY CAN WALK ACROSS THE BORDER TO UGLY , REVENGEFUL AND TERRORIZING….NOW THAT THE POPE HAS CROSSED THE LINE YOU CAN IMAGINE WHAT A FOOL THIS HERITAGE IS…….AND, ITS A JOKE TO THINK THIS UGLY, BLACK NIGHT CAN REACH JUST TO SATISFY THE IMAGINATION THAT HE MAY LEAD THE WORLD….EVEN HIS FLOCK HAS FALLEN TO THE LEVEL OF ATHEISM AND MELDING INTO A POT OF QUESTIONABLE AMUSEMENT.

    MOSTLY WALKING NAKED ON THE STREETS, LASSO – ING THEMSELVES TO FALLEN ANGELS AND TO MISSIONARIES OF WHICH FAR TOO MANY WALK THE STREETS OF JERUSALEM THINKING THERE *(&O DOES NOT STINK) AND WE WILL FALL THROUGH THE STONES

    I FOR ONE CAN HARDLY WAIT TO UPROOT MY SELF FROM CANADA….NOT BECAUSE IT IS UGLY HERE BUT BECAUSE IT IS MOVING IN THE DIRECTION OF EUROPE AMERICA AND NOT INTERESTED IN DOING WHAT IN 1930’S KEPT JEWS FROM BELIEVING THE WORLD COULD NOT BE SO ‘BAD’

    WHAT I WITNESSED IS A SOCIETY OF JEWS WHO LOVE THIS WORLD, KINDNESS, HOSPITALITY AND THAT CHRISTIANS BY THE MANY WALK THROUGH THE HOLIEST OF OUR WORLD WITH CAMERAS…NAKED BODIES AND BELIEVING IT IS ONLY A MATTER OF TIME FOR CHRISTIANITY…..THE KNIGHTS OF THE TEMPLARS TO GROUND THERE TERRORIST CELLS UPON THE STONES OF ISRAEL, JERUSALEM AND THROUGH THE WORLD.

    THE FIRST TERROR CELL IS THIS….THE SECOND IS THE MUSLIMS AND TOGETHER…..I BELIEVE HASHEM HAS A BETTER SIGNAL AND SIGHTING OF WHICH TO DESTROY..

    AMEN.

  • One must convey Jewish feelings and passions about Jerusalem with un-minced words.

    When it comes to JERUSALEM’S sovereignty there is a line drawn in the sand. For the Jews, Jerusalem is their heart, aspirations, their holy city, devotion, ideals, symbol of being a nation with history, a nation with prophets, justice, fairness, rich Jewish history and the Jewish soul. When a Jew conveys his feeling about Jerusalem, he must not worry about offending

    anybody, or hurt feelings.

    We cannot make an omelet without cracking eggs, and a Jew cannot and must not be apologetic about Jewish’ feelings concerning Jerusalem. it is clear to me even if I were not a Jew, just from a pragmatic consideration of running a city, that any division of Jerusalem will lead eventually to immense unbearable friction and sooner-or-later to another war.

    We must present and make the analogy, that dividing Jerusalem is like dividing the baby in King Solomon’s verdict. Jews do not divide babies, only those who do not feel and care for the baby are prepared to take half. This is what every Jew must say.

    I hope that we all have the opportunity to say these tough words for Jerusalem and the Jewish people.

    YJ Draiman

    P.S. How many holidays do the Arabs-Muslims celebrate due to historical events in the land of ancient Israel and Jerusalem.

    The Jewish people celebrate most of their holidays and fast days in memory of Jerusalem and Israel.

    and the goal and aspiration to return to Israel and rebuild the Temple in Jerusalem – where it was before it was destroyed and desecrated by the enemies of the Jews. Many of the Jewish prayers for thousands of years recite the love of Israel and the Jewish aspirations to return to their ancestral land and bring back its glory and holiness.

    At Jewish weddings they break a glass in memory of Jerusalem and the aspiration to return and build the Temple.

    YJ Draiman

  • Paul

    Most Israelis do not dare to walk freely in East Jerusalem, where the arabs live. The fact is that Jerusalem IS divided.
    When Arik Sharon was in government, he bought a house in East Jerusalem to try establish the fact of Jewish presence there. It turned out that the house, heavily guarded by security persons, was NOT lived in. It was an empty gesture.
    I think land belongs to those people whose children play freely on it, not to people who are there only behind armed guards or armored vehicles.
    Neither Jerusalem nor the West Bank is actually Israeli in reality – it belongs to the Palestinians whose kids roam there freely. This is not a statement of political interpretation or intention – it is an observation of fact. Unfortunate, but probably true.

  • Israel Liberated Judea and Samaria – Just like U.S. and its allies liberated Kuwait
    Iraq conquered and occupied Kuwait a sovereign Nation and was liberated by the U.S. and its allies.
    Israel without outside help liberated Judea and Samaria after it was attacked by Jordan and removed Jordanian occupation, just like the allies liberated Kuwait. It also had a war with Egypt and Syria at the same time – June 5-10, 1967.
    Historically Gaza was a Jewish City and the Golan Heights was always Jewish territory.
    YJ Draiman

  • Sonia Willats

    Amen! It was David’s capital, and it declared so in Tnach again and again. The surprise is the 8% who are prepared to debate it. Forever and undivided!

  • rachel robinson

    What do the 8% who disagree with that think Jerusalem is???

    • Andy

      Probably 92% of the 8% didn’t understand the question.

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