Poll: Most Israeli Arabs Disagree With Lawmakers Who Condemned Hezbollah's Terrorist Listing

Television survey finds 56 percent disagreed with the Joint List party's rejection of Arab Gulf states' condemnation of the Lebanese group.

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Israeli Arab lawmakers from the Joint Arab List in front of the Dome of the Rock, Jerusalem's Old City July 28, 2015.
Israeli Arab lawmakers from the Joint Arab List in front of the Dome of the Rock, Jerusalem's Old City July 28, 2015.Credit: Reuters

A poll broadcast on Thursday on Israel's Channel 2 television found that 56 percent of Israeli Arabs disagreed with Joint List Knesset members' condemnation of Gulf states and Saudi Arabia for ltheir recent labeling of Hezbollah as a terrorist group.

The survey conducted by pollsters Mina Tzemach and Meno Geva found that 19% percent of Israel's Arab citizens thought the condemnation by members of the Joint List was justified, and another 25 percent either had no view or declined to respond.

The Joint List is a mostly Arab faction, made up of a coalition of parties.

On a related matter, 65 percent of 350 people queried thought lthe thre lawmakers of  Balad, a faction of the Joint List, did nothing wrong in meeting the families of slain Palestinian attackers a month ago.

Seventeen percent thought they were mistaken in doing so, while 18 percent refused to respond or said they didn't know. The poll had a margin of error of 5.5 percent.

Three Balad lawmakers have since been suspended from some of their Knesset duties for meeting with the attackers' families. The lawmakers said the visit was intended solely to help negotiate a return of relatives' remains for burial. One of the slain attackers had killed three Israelis on a bus in Jerusalem last year.

Netanyahu's Likud party has also proposed legislation to permit the possible suspension of Knesset Members accused of supporting terrorism.

Separately, 35 percent of those interviewed replied that they thought Arab lawmakers  represented them only to a small degree, another 30 percent thought these parliament members looked after their interests to a large extent, and 21 percent felt that the Joint List does not represent them at all.

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