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Poll: Over Half of Arab Israelis Feel Sense of 'Shared Destiny' with Jews

Just over half of Arab Israelis (51.6%) feel that the prolonged war against Hamas in Gaza has given rise to a sense of “shared destiny” between Arab and Jewish citizens of Israel, according to a recent survey by the Moshe Dayan Center at Tel Aviv University.

The poll, which was presented at TAU’s conference “The Future of Israel” on Wednesday, June 19, found that a slight majority of Arabs across religious denominations (Druze, Christians, and Muslims) identify with that statement.

The poll was based on a representative sample of 502 Arab citizens of Israel above the age of 18 and was initiated by the Konrad Adenauer Program for Jewish-Arab Cooperation, supported by the German Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung.

Asked about who should run Gaza the day after the war, most respondents (58.5%) said that the administration should be in the hands of Palestinians and 34.4% said that an external non-Palestinian body should govern the coastal enclave.

As for the conflict’s impact on the personal lives of Arab Israelis, 67.8% of respondents reported that they now find themselves in a relatively good economic situation, in stark contrast to the early days of the war. In November, 64.9% said their finances had been negatively affected by the war. (TOI / VFI News)