Almost 70 years after Palestine was seized for Israel in the wake of World War II, its Jewish population remains convinced Israel is the home of the Jews and a safe haven from anti-Semitism around the world — so much so that nearly half of Jewish Israelis say Arabs should be expelled or transferred from Israel and a solid 79% believe Israel should be subject to preferential treatment.
The poll, carried out by Pew Research Center with 5,601 interviews of Israeli adults, conducted between October 2014 and May 2015, revealed 61 percent believed Israel was a God-given gift to the Jewish people
The survey also showed 48 percent of Jewish Israelis are in favor of expelling Arabs, whether Palestinian Arabs of the West Bank or citizens of Israel — an act that amounts to ethnic cleansing and was practiced in Nazi Germany.
Besides removing all Arabs from what they claim is their turf, Israelis also believe they should be favored over non-Jewish minorities in the state. Settlers were much more amenable to the concept of preferential treatment but the view was popular amongst all Jewish groups regardless of their religious level.
At the same time, 76 percent of Israeli Jews said they viewed the Jewish state as being compatible with democracy — a concept violently refuted by Arab citizens who claim Israel cannot claim democracy while it remains a Jewish state.
The most recent attempts to reconcile the Palestine-Israel issue collapsed in 2014, just before a 50-day war in Gaza that claimed the lives of 2,200 people and left ruins of 20,000 homes in its wake.
In that year alone, Israel killed more than 2,300 Palestinians, more than in any other year since 1967.
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