Poll: 72% Believe More Needs to Be Done About Terror

Gaza City seen in the background near the border fence between Israel and Gaza (foreground). Photo by Miriam Alster/FLASH90
Gaza City seen in the background near the border fence between Israel and Gaza (foreground). (Miriam Alster/Flash90)

Nearly three quarters of Israelis believe that the government is not doing everything possible to stop terror, a poll by the Midgam agency on behalf of the Knesset channel said. According to the poll, 72 percent believe that the terror wave that has plagued Israel since last October is not being handled properly by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, with only 25 percent expressing approval.

Another question in the poll dealt with with policy on removing the threat of terror. Nearly half of Israelis polled as part of the representative sample of all residents said that not only should terrorists’ homes be demolished, but that the families of the terrorists should be thrown out of Israel altogether. Deportations could take place of families of terrorists who live in Judea and Samaria to Gaza or other Arab countries.

In March, Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz (Likud) and MK David Bitan (Likud) offered a bill that would do exactly that. The bill was supported by MKs from across the political spectrum. According to Katz, the law seeks to “respond to the need to develop better ways to protect Israelis.” The deportations threat would be a motivator for families to prevent their children from engaging in terror when the penalty would force them to leave their homes.