Originally published in TheTower.org
An Israeli news station has reported this morning on a poll conducted by Professor Sammy Smooha of Haifa University showing that the acceptance of Israel by Israeli Arabs increased markedly between 2012 and 2013.
Channel 10/Nana reported (Hebrew) that the poll’s surprising results bucked conventional wisdom:
“The research shows that between 2012 and 2013 there was an increase in the percentage of Israeli Arabs recognizing Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish and democratic state, and Israel’s right to maintain a Jewish majority. Similarly, the percentage of Arabs who define themselves as ‘Israeli Arabs’ without a Palestinian identity has increased.”