The correspondent may be a reporter, but he is a very poor analyst, driven by the Haaretz party line of tinkering with vague statistics to achieve its editorial goal. The 40 odd percent of Israelis who are indifferent about construction in East Jerusalem are likely indifferent about Jerusalem altogether. Sadly young Israelis are not educated Jewishly on any level, and most have never even visited their nation's capital. Ignorance and illiteracy lead to apathy, and it is apathy not hostility that is at play. If one wishes to assign blame for this illiteracy once need look no further than the left wing parties, especially Meretz, that Haaretz so lionizes. It was Shulamit Aloni who put the brakes on Jewish educational content and who is responsible for the downward spiral of Zionism, idealism, military service etc among the Jewishly illiterate secular youth.
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from the article: How can so many Israelis back the construction freeze?