Poll: Only Eight Percent Of Israelis Think Gov’t Is Doing Enough To Combat Terrorism

Israeli security forces gather in East Jerusalem's Salahedin street following a shooting attack on March 8, 2016. A Palestinian shot and seriously wounded two Israeli police officers in Jerusalem before being shot dead, Israeli authorities and medics said, as a five-month wave of attacks persisted

The Jerusalem Post reports: Eight percent of Israelis are satisfied with what their government is doing to fight terrorism, according to a Panels Research poll taken for the Knesset Channel that was broadcast on Thursday.

Seventy-seven percent of respondents said the government was not doing enough, and 15% did not know or declined to answer the poll, which was taken on Wednesday and Thursday, following a spate of Palestinian attacks.

Asked if they would favor expelling the families of terrorists, 63% said yes, 25% no, and the rest did not know or declined to answer in the poll of 500 people representing a statistical sample of the Israeli population. The survey has a margin of error of 4.3 percentage points.

Former interior minister Gideon Sa’ar, who was a member of several security cabinets, tweeted that “the illusion of containment extended Operation Protective Edge [the war against Hamas in the Gaza Strip in 2014] to 50 days and the current intifada to more than five months.”

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