Most Israelis say gov't should aid Palestinians during coronavirus crisis

23:25, Wednesday, 18 March, 2020
Most Israelis say gov't should aid Palestinians during coronavirus crisis

Almost two-thirds of Israelis (63%) think that Israel should aid the Palestinians during the coronavirus outbreak, according to a study published by the Truman Institute for Peace at the Hebrew University.
     Among those surveyed were both Jews and Arabs, the religious and the secular, and people of all ages.“A majority of Israelis, even in early post-election days after they’re left bitter and angry, believe that when the need arises, the government must enlist preventative measures with intent to help the Palestinians during the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus,” said Vered Vinitsky-Seroussi, head of the institute.
     “Nevertheless, a large number of the population, including the haredi Jews, young adults and women, are less keen in assisting our neighbors [the Palestinians] during the crisis. Fifty-nine percent of women think that we should give aid, in contrast to 67% of men,” he continued.
     Some 60% of haredi Jews didn’t think that the government should help, compared to 64% of the secular population who did. Overall, 57% of Jews who were asked thought aid should be given.
     Younger people, aged 18-24, were also generally in favor. The data trend showed that the older someone is, the more likely they are to support helping. Some 80% of those aged 65 and older felt the government should assist, in comparison to 47% from the youngest age groups.
     “I hope that this is only specific to the select group of 18-24 surveyed, and not what all citizens think,” Vinitsky-Seroussi said.

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