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February 18, 2019 3:28 pm

New Poll: 60 Percent of Israelis Oppose Annexation of West Bank

avatar by Benjamin Kerstein

A general view shows a road leading to the Israeli settlement of Dolev in the West Bank, Feb. 23, 2016. Photo: Reuters / Baz Ratner / File.

A new poll has revealed that 60 percent of Israelis oppose the annexation of the West Bank, with only 24 percent supporting such a move.

The idea has recently crept on to the national stage, with the New Right party calling for a partial annexation of the West Bank as part of its election campaign.

According to Hebrew news site Mako, the poll — conducted by Commanders for Israel’s Security, which opposes annexation — found that 60 percent of those surveyed were against the concept, while 24 percent supported it and 16 percent were undecided.

Commanders for Israel’s Security commented on the poll, saying, “The data attests to what everybody already knows: the majority of the public resolutely opposes annexation and supports a plan of disengagement from the Palestinians.”

Pro-annexation politicians, it asserted, were “not interested in the public’s stance.”

“They declare from every podium their intentions to annex,” the group — comprised of ex-security officials — said. “We must believe them, that this is what they intended to do, and we must act now in order to stop this madness, which will bring disaster on us.”

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