High Israeli support for Gaza incursion, survey shows

IDF tanks. Eighty percent of Israeli respondents in a new poll said they support the ground incursion into Gaza. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

(JNS.org) Support for Operation Protective Edge among the Israeli Jewish public remains strong, and a majority of Israelis say their country has been more successful than Hamas since the beginning of the military campaign, a poll conducted by Israel Hayom and the New Wave Research firm shows.

When asked if they supported or opposed Israel's ground incursion into Gaza, 80 percent of respondents replied that they supported it. When asked if Israel should expand its current ground operation, 71 percent of respondents said yes.

An overwhelming 94 percent of respondents said they were satisfied with the Israel Defense Forces' performance thus far in the operation. 65 percent of people polled replied yes to the question, "Should Israel make toppling the Hamas regime in Gaza a goal of Operation Protective Edge?"

Most respondents were also opposed to a cease-fire. More than three-quarters (77 percent) of those polled said Israel should not agree to a cease-fire with the situation as it currently stands. 

But optimism about the operation's ability to bring an end to rocket attacks from Gaza was low. Nearly half (49 percent) of people polled said they believed there was a "slight chance" rocket fire would stop as a result of the operation.

Posted on July 22, 2014 .