Syrian refugees in Israel?
Poll shows Israelis strongly back Trump's bombing of Syrian base after chemical attack, but are divided on accepting refugees into Israel.
David Rosenberg, 30/04/17 20:17
Israeli Jews strongly back President Donald Trump’s decision to strike a Syrian airbase used in a chemical weapon attack on civilians earlier this month, a poll conducted by the Israel Democracy Institute’s Guttman Center and Tel Aviv University shows.
According to this month’s Peace Index survey, 78.6% of Israeli Jews say President Trump’s decision to launch a Tomahawk missile strike on the Al Shayrat airbase was wise. Just 9.3% say the decision to reverse America’s longstanding policy of non-intervention was unwise.
Israeli Arabs strongly opposed the operation, in which some 60 Tomahawk missiles were fired by two US guided missile cruisers against the Syrian base.
Only 16.2% of Israeli Arabs said the decision to attack the base was wise, while 61.2% said it was unwise.
Israeli Jews and Arabs are also divided over whether Israel should take in Syrians fleeing the ongoing civil war.
More than half (51.8%) of Jews said Israel should not take in Syrians temporarily, compared to 41.3% of Jews who said Israel should accept at least some refugees. But among Israeli Arabs, 61.0% believe Israel should accept Syrian refugees, compared to 31.8% who say Israel should not.