Poll: Majority of Jewish-Israelis think Palestinian terrorists should be ‘killed on the spot’

(JTA) – More than half of Jewish-Israelis say they believe any Palestinian “who has perpetrated a terror attack against Jews should be killed on the spot,” according to a new survey.

The Peace Index, a monthly poll conducted by the Israel Democracy Institute, released a report Thursday focusing on views about the current wave of Palestinian stabbing attacks on Jewish-Israelis and Israel’s efforts to stem the violence. 

In addition to finding that 53 per cent of Jewish-Israelis support extrajudicial killing of Palestinian terrorists, the survey revealed that Arab-Israelis are more fearful than Jewish-Israelis as a result of the increasing violence. The survey did not ask Arab-Israelis about extrajudicial killing.

According to the poll, 57 per cent of Jewish-Israelis fear they or someone close to them will be harmed, compared to 78 per cent of Arab-Israelis. In addition, more Arab-Israelis (53 per cent compared to 36 per cent of Jewish-Israelis) say they have changed their daily habits in response to the security situation.

The survey also found dramatic Arab-Jewish differences on which terrorists to punish – and how.

Eighty per cent of Jewish-Israelis said Palestinian homes should be razed if the homeowner or a family member carries out an attack “for nationalist reasons,” while 53 per cent see this as an appropriate punishment for a Jewish person who carries out a nationalist-motivated terror attack. (Seventy-seven per cent of Arab-Israelis oppose razing Palestinian homes, and 67 per cent oppose razing Jewish ones.)

While 70 per cent of Jewish-Israelis believe the punishments for terrorist are too light, 60 per cent of Arab-Israelis believe the punishments are too heavy.

The survey, conducted by telephone on Oct. 28-29, included 600 adult respondents “who constitute a representative national sample,” according to the researchers. The survey had a 4.1 per cent margin of error.

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