Most Israelis say terror wave isn’t intifada, poll finds

Yet majority of both Israeli Jews and Israeli Arabs fear for their loved ones’ safety

TEL AVIV (JTA) — A majority of Israelis say the ongoing string of attacks does not qualify as an intidada.

According to a poll released Tuesday by the Israel Democracy Institute, a majority of both Israeli Jews and Israeli Arabs say the current wave of stabbing and shooting attacks, which began in October, is a “limited uprising” and not an intifada. The second intifada a decade ago killed about 1,000 Israelis in a series of suicide bombings. Yet, 75 per cent of Israeli Jews and 64 per cent of Israeli Arabs fear for their loved ones’ safety due to the terror wave.

However, Israeli Jews and Arabs disagree over whether the attacks are being planned by the Palestinian leadership. Sixty-one per cent of Jews say the Palestinian leadership has been involved in the attacks, while 58 per cent of Israeli Arabs say the attacks are spontaneous.

The two groups are also split on whether an Israeli-Palestinian accord would reduce the violence. Seventy-one per cent of Israel Jews say it would not, while 72 per cent of Israeli Arabs say it would.

 

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