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Jerusalem - Poll: Half of Israelis Think Government Stopped Gaza Military Campaign Too Soon

Published on: November 23, 2012 08:09 AM
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Ultra-Orthodox Jews of the Bratslav Hasidic sect, that gathered to show support for the forces, dance as they celebrate atop of a tank in southern Israel, close to the Israel Gaza Strip Border, Thursday, Nov. 22, 2012. Photo by Tsafrir Abayov/Flash90Ultra-Orthodox Jews of the Bratslav Hasidic sect, that gathered to show support for the forces, dance as they celebrate atop of a tank in southern Israel, close to the Israel Gaza Strip Border, Thursday, Nov. 22, 2012. Photo by Tsafrir Abayov/Flash90

Jerusalem - A poll shows about half of Israelis think their government should have continued its military offensive against Palestinian militants in Hamas-ruled Gaza.

The independent Maagar Mohot poll released on Friday shows 49 percent of respondents feel Israel should have kept going after squads who fire rockets into Israel. Thirty-one percent supported the government’s decision to stop. Twenty percent had no opinion.

Twenty-nine percent thought Israel should have sent ground troops to invade Gaza.

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Israel and Hamas agreed to a cease-fire two days ago.

The poll of 503 respondents had an error margin of 4.5 percentage points.

The same survey showed Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud Party and electoral partner Israel Beiteinu losing some support, but his hard-line bloc still able to form the next government. Elections are Jan. 22.


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 Nov 23, 2012 at 08:20 AM Anonymous Says:

No country should bear having its civilians shelled at random times, say Obama and Hillarity. Except for Israel, as long as those shelling stop after a while for a short time. Israel has no right to clean up the rat's nest.

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 Nov 23, 2012 at 08:23 AM Reb Yid Says:

Apparently it's not just the "American armchair warriors" who think Israel should have finished the job. Plenty of Israelis do, too. So the pacifists out there can all forget about that argument.

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 Nov 23, 2012 at 10:38 AM TexasJew Says:

Did you expect all Israelis to agree? 50% is pretty good.

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 Nov 23, 2012 at 10:53 AM DRE53 Says:

The half that wanted the war to continue are most likely the same half of the population who don't serve in the army and don't live within rocket range.
Those that I know having friends and family serving or living in the south, were to see the war over.

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 Nov 23, 2012 at 11:07 AM DanielBarbaz Says:

Reply to #2  
Reb Yid Says:

Apparently it's not just the "American armchair warriors" who think Israel should have finished the job. Plenty of Israelis do, too. So the pacifists out there can all forget about that argument.

A point well taken........however, the only people who have the TRUE right to make such a statement are those who live in Israel, those who serve in the military, and those who are directly affected by decisions such as this.

Those who still live in Galut who have strong feelings, should make Aliya, vote, and help build the country.

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 Nov 23, 2012 at 12:13 PM Anonymous Says:

Will these youngsters be enlisting in the IDF when they turn 18? I doubt it. Chicken hawks in training.

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 Nov 23, 2012 at 02:07 PM Upset Says:

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DanielBarbaz Says:

A point well taken........however, the only people who have the TRUE right to make such a statement are those who live in Israel, those who serve in the military, and those who are directly affected by decisions such as this.

Those who still live in Galut who have strong feelings, should make Aliya, vote, and help build the country.

I beg to respectfully differ with you. Every Jew has a share in EY. Our souls are all connected there and every Jew wherever he lives has an obligation to care what goes on there. Jews throughout the centuries have prayed for the welfare of EY and have donated much charity there. The Zohar and many Chasidisha sefrim explain that there must be Jews both living inside and outside EY until Moshiach comes. The reason given why a segment of the Jews must live outside EY until Moshiach comes is that they must collect the holy sparks that are scattered around the world which will help bring the Moshiach. This can only be accomplished by the Jews living in the Diaspora.Therefore, those who think the jews in Diaspora have no say about EY are in error. The Libovitcher Rebbe ZTL, Rav Moshe Feinstein ZTL and other great Diaspora rabbis were often consulted by Israeli govermental officails concerning major issues in EY. I personally lived in EY for 8 years and served in a unit that defended the border area. Now that I live in NY, I feel I still can express my opinions about EY.

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 Nov 24, 2012 at 06:34 PM Anonymous Says:

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DRE53 Says:

The half that wanted the war to continue are most likely the same half of the population who don't serve in the army and don't live within rocket range.
Those that I know having friends and family serving or living in the south, were to see the war over.

Actually it's those in the south, those directly in the line of fire that are outraged over the "ceasfire". They want this ended once and for all

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 Nov 25, 2012 at 01:55 AM ShmuelG Says:

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DanielBarbaz Says:

A point well taken........however, the only people who have the TRUE right to make such a statement are those who live in Israel, those who serve in the military, and those who are directly affected by decisions such as this.

Those who still live in Galut who have strong feelings, should make Aliya, vote, and help build the country.

Daniel, your absurd assertion is reminiscent of another absurdity: the feminists who insisted (mostly in 1970s or 80s) that you can express an opinion on abortion only if you are a woman. In other words, your moral and rational faculties can be taken into consideration only if you've got appropriate plumbing. Your argument sounds just as reasonable.

Oh, and I've got a news for you: you live in golus.

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 Nov 25, 2012 at 03:03 AM Yawvous Says:

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DRE53 Says:

The half that wanted the war to continue are most likely the same half of the population who don't serve in the army and don't live within rocket range.
Those that I know having friends and family serving or living in the south, were to see the war over.

You remind me of a lady who her son was killed in 1967 during the capture of the old city and said- I could care less about Jerusalem- it wasn't worth my son dying for it.

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