Israelis back deploying NATO forces in West Bank, Gaza: poll

09:42, July 13, 2011      

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More than 60 percent of Israelis said they would back deploying NATO troops in the West Bank and Gaza, according to a just-released survey by pollsters at the Ben- Gurion University (BGU) of the Negev.

According to the "Israeli Positions on the EU" survey, 64 percent of Israeli Jews and 63 percent of Israeli Arabs citizens would support seeing peacekeeping forces in the Palestinian National Authority and Hamas-ruled areas, respectively. In 2009, 54 percent supported the idea.

In the poll, compiled by Sharon Pardo of the Department of Politics and Government, 68 percent are for joining North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).

Around 81 percent of Israelis want Israel to join the European Union (EU), up from 69 percent in 2009, and 43 percent would like to see stronger relations with the EU, against 20 percent with the UN and seven percent with NATO.

According to Pardo, "the message is quite clear, Israelis are not for isolationism, they want cooperation."

The poll canvassed 1,000 Israelis from different walks if life in mid-June and had a 3.3 percent margin of error, according to the school.

"Israelis are really into strengthening and deepening the cooperation between Israel and the EU," Pardo said, adding, " Israelis understand the importance of the EU for the future of Israel and they want to strengthen the relations."

Source: Xinhua
 
 
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