60 Percent Of Israelis Say Settlements Should Be Removed, Survey Reports

06/16/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Three fifths of Israelis support dismantling settlements in the disputed territories, according to a survey conducted by the Harry S. Truman Institute for the Advancement of Peace, at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

60% of the Israeli public answered that they supported "dismantling most of the settlements in the territories as part of a peace agreement with the Palestinians."

This is 11 points higher than the previous survey, conducted in December 2009, and the highest result since 2005.

One-third of the Israeli public oppose dismantling most of the settlements, with 13 percent of that number very strongly opposed.

In sharp contrast, however, are the responses of settlers surveyed by the Truman Institute. 69% of settlers oppose dismantling West Bank settlements - and a majority believes that most of the Israeli public shares this view.

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