How not to remove illegal colonies in many, difficult steps

This is what uncontrolled Zionism has created:

Twenty-one percent of settlers believe that all means must be employed in to resist the evacuation of most West Bank settlements, including the use of arms, according to a recent Hebrew University study.

Five years ago, however, just 15 percent gave the same response.

Sixty-three percent believe the evacuation of settlements must be carried out only after a referendum rather than a Knesset decision.

The study, conducted at the beginning of the month by the university’s Harry S. Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace, found that 54 percent of settlers do not recognize the government’s authority to evacuate settlements, compared with 50 percent in 2005.

Asked whether they would accept the removal of settlements if a referendum found a majority of Israeli Jews in favor, 49 percent of settlers said they would not, compared with 46 percent five years ago. The proportion of settlers willing to follow rabbinical instructions to evacuate settlements also dropped slightly, from 72 percent in 2005 to 71 this year.

Among the general public, 72 percent accept the government’s authority to order a settlement withdrawal, compared with 67 percent who would support such an order from the Knesset and 51 percent who support a referendum.

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