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21 Shevat 5761 - Febuary 14, 2001 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly








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Survey: Democracy and Law Rank Low on the List
by P. Moses

A recent survey conducted by Dr. Dalia Mor of the Department of Behavior Sciences at the College of Business Administration produced interesting findings in a number of areas.

For instance, on the question of how much importance Israelis attribute to upholding democracy and legal institutions, most of the Jewish respondents answered that the issue is of very little importance to them. In a ranking of 15 important issues, preserving democracy and legal institutions was 11th overall.

Arabs, on the other hand, ranked the issue of preservation of democracy and legal institutions near the top of the list, following reducing unemployment, improving the status of the Arab population, education and promoting peace.

The issue of furthering peace was also left out of the ten most important issues to Jewish respondents. Arab respondents, however, ranked furthering peace in second place on the list of the top 15 most important issues.

After all of the aggressive propaganda in the Israeli media on the importance of democracy and legal institutions and the need to advance the peace process, it seems the Israeli public does not fall for propaganda easily. It realizes that allusions to these issues refer to a left-wing interpretation of these concepts--and the vast majority of the nation's Jewish population opposes the Left.

The respondents were also asked to rate their fondness or dislike of various population groups. The most interesting figure that emerges from the survey is that the supposed rift between secular Ashkenazim and Sephardim was not reflected in the results. Eighty-nine percent of Sephardim expressed fondness for secular Ashkenazim, and almost the same percentage of secular Ashkenazim expressed fondness for Sephardim.

The disaffection by Russian immigrants for Sephardim was mutual. Sephardim expressed greater disdain for Leftists than chareidim did, and among left-wing voters, the most disliked group was the settlers, followed by chareidim and right-wing voters.

For Jewish respondents as a whole, the most disliked group is the Palestinians, followed by Israeli Arab citizens, Leftists and settlers. Russian immigrants show the great disdain, following Palestinians and Arab citizens, toward the chareidim. The Sephardim feel the strongest animosity toward Palestinians and Arabs, with Leftists in third place. Among Arab respondents, the chareidim stir the greatest antipathy, followed by settlers, right-wing voters and Ashkenazim.

The Israeli media, which has invested such great efforts into spreading hatred toward the chareidi public among all sectors of the population, would do well to invest some time contemplating this state of affairs.


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