Poll: Israelis suspicious of human rights groups, distrusting of public institutions



The Israel Democracy Institute presented Israeli President Reuven Rivlin (pictured here) with its 2016 Israeli Democracy Index survey Monday. Credit: Mark Nayman/GPO.

(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to JNS.org) A majority of Israel's citizens—86 percent of Israeli Jews and 55 percent of Israeli Arabs—are proud to be Israeli, according to the 2016 Israeli Democracy Index survey, commissioned by the Israel Democracy Institute (IDI) think tank. 

IDI President Yohanan Plesner submitted the report Monday to Israeli President Reuven Rivlin. The study shows an increasing sense among Israelis that human rights and civil rights organizations such as the Association for Civil Rights in Israel and B'Tselem cause damage to the state. Seventy-one percent of the Jewish public and 23 percent of the Arab public believe that to be true, an increase of 15 percent and 4 percent from the last such survey, respectively.

The report also finds a lack of trust in public institutions among Israelis. The institution that garnered the most public trust was Israel’s High Court, yet it earned the confidence of only 56.5 percent of Jews and 52 percent of Arabs.

Posted on December 20, 2016 .