Survey: 53% Percent of Israelis Favor Killing Captured Terrorists

November 8, 2015

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Most of the Jewish public supports the execution of terrorists who had been captured, according to the “Peace Index” survey of the Israel Democracy Institute and Tel Aviv University published Sunday.

The Peace Index is a longitudinal research project based on a monthly survey that systematically monitors trends in Israeli public opinion regarding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and relations between Jews and Arabs in Israel and their impact on Israeli society. It was started by the Tami Steinmetz Center for Peace Research at Tel Aviv University in 1994. It is headed by IDI Senior Fellow Prof. Tamar Hermann and Prof. Ephraim Yaar of Tel Aviv University.

According to the survey, 53 percent of the Jewish public agree with the statement, “Every Palestinian should be killed on the spot, even if he is caught and it is clear that he no longer poses a danger to his surrounding,” while 44 percent disagreed with it.

The survey found that the majority of Israelis support openly killing terrorists even after they had been neutralized by the IDF, police and the Shin Bet. The survey also suggests that the wave of terrorism has impacted the patterns of life in Israeli society, with an emphasis on the Arab public in Israel.

On the effects of the wave of terrorism in terms of everyday life, 38.5 percent of respondents indicated that following the wave of terrorism, they significantly changed their everyday conduct. 35 percent of Jews reported a change, and 53.5 percent of Israeli Arab citizens reported that there was a change in their daily behavior. 60 percent of the total sample are worried that they or their relatives may be hurt by the current wave of terrorism.

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