78 percent of Israelis favor annexing Ma’ale Adumim, survey finds



The municipal building in Ma'aleh Adumim. Credit: PikiWiki Israel.

(JNS.org) Nearly 78 percent of Israelis favor annexing the Jewish community of Ma’ale Adumim, which lies east of Jerusalem and across the pre-1967 lines, according to a newly revealed survey.

In the poll, which was conducted by the Midgam research institute, 77.9 percent of Jewish Israelis said they believe Israeli law should apply to Ma’ale Adumim even if there is no agreement with the Palestinians on that territory, mirroring Israel’s control over the Golan Heights and eastern Jerusalem. Furthermore, 70.4 percent of respondents said they agree with the Ma’ale Adumim annexation even if it is condemned by the international community. 

Home to more than 40,000 people, Ma’ale Adumim is located roughly four miles east of Jerusalem. The survey results were revealed amid a campaign by members of the Israeli Knesset’s “Land of Israel Caucus” to extend Israeli civil law over Ma’ale Adumim.

“This poll shows that Israel knows what is good for itself and that the great majority of its citizens supports Israeli sovereignty over Ma’ale Adumim. In the next Knesset session, we will submit a bill to apply sovereignty and we will promote it,” said Member of Knesset Bezalel Smotrich (Jewish Home), Yedioth Ahronoth reported.

Posted on May 31, 2016 .