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Israeli Public Opinion Polls: Opinion on War with Hezbollah

What, in your opinion, are the chances that in the coming year a war will break out between Israel and Hezbollah in Lebanon?
(The Peace Index, June 2017)

 

Israeli Jews 

Israeli Arabs 

General Public 

Very low chances

10.9%

31.4%

14.3%

Moderately low chances

41.0%

36.4%

40.2%

Moderately high chances

30.3%

17.1%

28.1%

Very high chances

8.0%

6.4%

7.7%

Don't know/decline to answer

9.9%

8.7%

9.7%

Do you view the campaign in Lebanon as justified or unjustified? (Peace Index; April 30-May 1, 2007)

 

April 2007

July 2006

Justified

57%

93%

Unjustified

38%

5%

Don't Know/No clear opinion

5%

2%

Have you or one of your family members or close friends served in the war? (Peace Index, April 30-May 1, 2007)

Yes

60%

Do you think the assessment of the situation in the run-up to the Lebanon War was adequate or inadequate? (Dahaf Institute, January 2, 2007)

Adequate

20%

Inadequate

80%

If in the end Hizbullah takes over the Lebanese Government, should Israel launch a preemptive war against the Lebanese Government headed by Hizbullah? (Israel Radio’s “Its all Talk,” December 6, 2006 )

Yes

38.4%

No

53.4%

Other

8.3%

Do you support or oppose establishing a state investigatory committee headed by a Supreme Court justice to check the performance of the government in the war in Lebanon? (Maagar Mochot, August 29, 2006)

Support

64%

Oppose

18%

Other

18%

Do you support or oppose the Admoni Committee to check the performance of the government in the war in Lebanon?(Maagar Mochot, August 29, 2006)

Support

46%

Oppose

26%

Other

26%

What do you think of the protests of the reserve soldiers? (Yediot Ahronot, August 25, 2006)

Correct move

69%

Wrong

25%

How best should the events of the war be investigated? (Yediot Ahronot, August 25, 2006)

Professional commission

57%

State commission

30%

No need

12%

How should the government carry out an investigation of the war in Lebanon? (Israel Radio's “Its all Talk,” August 23, 2006)

State commission

16.7%

State-judicial commission (results have legal standing

57.8%

Other/don't know

9.3%

Oppose all investigatory commissions

16.3%

Should a state investigatory commission be established to investigate the management by the state and army? (Yediot Ahronot, August 16, 2006)

Yes

69%

No

28%

Should Israel have agreed to the cease-fire without the return of the soldiers taken hostage? (Yediot Ahronot, August 16, 2006)

Yes

27%

No

70%

Who won the war?

 

Maariv, August 15, 2006

Israel Radio's “Another Matter,” August 16, 2006

Yediot Ahronot, August 16, 2006

Hezbollah

15%

24%

30%

Israel

18%

28%

30%

Neither

66%

36%

36%

Should Israel have agreed to the cease-fire? (Maariv, August 15, 2006)

Yes

42%

No

53%

Will Israel's situation vis-a-vis Hizbullah change? (Maariv, August 15, 2006)

Improve

36%

Worsen

27%

No change

33%

Should the IDF have entered on the ground in Southern Lebanon? (Maariv, August 15, 2006)

Yes

62%

No

32%

Should Israel kill Nasrallah, even at the cost of renewing the fighting? (Maariv, August 15, 2006)

Yes

67%

No

28%

Should an state investigatory commission be appointed to investigate the management of the war?

  Israel Radio's “Another Matter,” August 16, 2006 Maariv, August 15, 2006
Yes

67%

67%

No

25%

28%

What do you believe the final result of the war will be? (Dahaf, August 10, 2006)

Israel will cripple Hizbullah

37%

Israel will lose the war and Hizbullah will return to south Lebanon

17%

Don't Know

46%

Do you support or oppose a broad Israeli ground operation to push Hizbullah guerrillas beyond the range of short-range rockets? (Dahaf, August 10, 2006)

Support

64%

Oppose

36%

Do you approve or disapprove of Olmert’s actions? (Dahaf, August 10, 2006)

Approve

66%

Disapprove

34%

Do you favor or oppose continuing the fighting until the goals that were set are achieved? (Peace Index; July 31- August 1, 2006)

Favor

79%

Oppose

16.5%

Don't Know

4.5%

Do you believe the government has clear goals for the operation in Lebanon? (Peace Index; July 31- August 1, 2006)

Yes

57%

No

34%

Don't Know

9%

Do you believe the air force attacks in Lebanon are justified or unjustified, even if they cause infrastructure destruction and suffering to the Lebanese civilian population? (Peace Index; July 31- August 1, 2006)

Justified

91%

Unjustified

9%

How do you assess the IDF’s combat capability? (Peace Index; July 31- August 1, 2006)

Good

87%

Bad

9%

Don't Know

4%

Do you view the IDF’s reports from the Lebanese battlefield as credible or unreliable? (Peace Index; July 31- August 1, 2006)

Credible

78%

Unreliable

19%

Don't Know

3%

How do you asses Hezbollah’s fighting capability? (Peace Index; July 31- August 1, 2006)

Good

74%

Poor

17%

Don't Know

9%

Do you view Hezbollah’s accounts as reliable or unreliable? (Peace Index; July 31- August 1, 2006)

Reliable

12%

Unreliable

82%

Don't Know

6%

Do you think Hezbollah opened the front in the north to help the Palestinians in their struggle against Israel? (Peace Index; July 31- August 1, 2006)

Yes

9.5%

No, to serve their own interests and those of Syria and Iran

81.5%

Don't Know

9%

Do you support or oppose the stationing of an International force in Southern Lebanon to separate the sides and stop the fighting between them-as done? (Peace Index; July 31- August 1, 2006)

Support

71%

Oppose

21%

Don't Know

8%

Do you see Israeli society as standing up well or poor so far under the burden of the campaign? (Peace Index; July 31- August 1, 2006)

Well

88%

Poor

9%

Don't Know

3%

How do you assess the current national morale as good or bad? (Peace Index; July 31- August 1, 2006)

Good

55%

Bad

41%

Don't Know

4%

How do you assess your sense of personal and family security? (Peace Index; July 31- August 1, 2006)

Safe

65%

Unsafe

33%

Don't Know

2%

Do you support or oppose the public’s right to protest the war while the cannons are firing? (Peace Index; July 31- August 1, 2006)

Support

47%

Oppose

50%

Don't Know

3%

What do you think is a solution to the crisis in the North? (Teleseker for Maariv, July 21, 2006)

Continue fighting until Hezbollah is distanced from the border and only then negotiate a ceasefire and the return of the hostages

90%

Stop the fighting now and enter into negotiations for the release of the hostages

8%

Don't Know

2%

What is your opinion regarding the response of Israel and the IDF against Hezbollah in Lebanon? (Teleseker for Maariv, July 21, 2006)

Correct and justified

95%

Incorrect and not justified

4%

Don't Know

1%

Are you satisfied with the performance of Prime Minister Ehud Olmert? (Teleseker for Maariv, July 21, 2006)

Yes

78%

No

20%

Don't Know

2%

Are you for or against Ehud Olmert's convergence plan? [AL: aka "consolidation plan", retreat from most of the West Bank] ? (Maagar Mohot Survey Institute)

 

7/16/06

7/19/06

For

19%

28%

Against

52%

50%

Don't know

29%

22%

Do you support the way that Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has been handling the war? (Maagar Mohot Survey Institute, July 19, 2006)

Support

71%

Oppose

21%

Don't Know

8%

To what extent are you satisfied with the general performance of the IDF in the current war? (Maagar Mohot Survey Institute, July 19, 2006)

Very unsatisfied

8%

Somewhat Unsatisfied

9%

Middle (So-so)

17%

Satisfied

16%

Very satisfied

41%

Don't know/other replies

9%

How much time do you think that the Israeli (civilian) front can bear the attacks and its damages? (Maagar Mohot Survey Institute, July 19, 2006)

Unlimited - as much time as needed

43%

A few months

27%

A few weeks

17%

A few days

1%

Don't know/other replies

12%

Are you for or against the entry of IDF ground forces into Southern Lebanon? (Maagar Mohot Survey Institute, July 19, 2006)

Special forces only

43%

Large forces

11%

Oppose entry of any kind of forces

27%

Don't know/other replies

19%

Do you believe that fighting should continue with Hizbullah? (Dahaf Institute for Yedioth Ahronoth, July 18, 2006)

Yes, until Hizbullah is completely eradicated

58%

Yes, until Hizbullah pulls back from the border

23%

No, stop fighting and start negotiating

17%

Don't Know

2%

What is your opinion with the performance of Prime Minister Ehud Olmer to his response to the fighting in the north? (Dahaf Institute for Yedioth Ahronoth, July 18, 2006)

Satisfied

78%

Unsatisfied or Don't Know

22%

What are your opinions of Amir Peretz, the Defense minister's performance? (Dahaf Institute for Yedioth Ahronoth, July 18, 2006)

Satisfied

72%

Unsatisfied or Don't Know

28%

What about whether or not the military operation is justified? (Dahaf Institute for Yedioth Ahronoth, July 18, 2006)

It is the correct path of action

86%

It is a mistake

14%

What are your opinions of the IDF’s performance in the war? (Dahaf Institute for Yedioth Ahronoth, July 18, 2006)

Very good

62%

Fairly good

25%

Fairly bad

5%

Very bad

4%

Don't Know

4%