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What do Jews in Britain think about Israel?

What do Jews in Britain think about Israel?

JPR's study of the attitudes of Jews in Britain towards Israel shows a population with deep ties and strong attachments to the country. Heavily committed to Israel's security, they are equally eager to see Israel's government make responsible concessions in the quest for peace.

Among the many findings in the report was this one: 29% maintain that Israel is "central" to their Jewish identity, and a further 53% said that Israel is "important" to their Jewish identity (82% in total). This is an important insight - it demonstrates that, for many Jews in Britain, Israel is not simply a nation state or contested piece of land, but is rather a part of who they are and how they understand themselves as Jews.

However, it is important to differentiate between the place of Israel in Jewish identity, and the attitudes of Jews towards the policies of any Israeli government. The report investigates how Jews in Britain respond to a series of statements about Israeli politics and society, and the findings demonstrate both majority support for the two-state solution, and majority criticism of settlement expansion in the West Bank (Judea/Samaria). At the same time, they also show majority support for particular military operations and defensive measures designed to prevent terrorism against Israelis.

To find out more, you can access our report by clicking here

24 Jun 2013 - What do Jews in Britain think about Israel?