Haaretz Poll: 56 Per Cent Of Israeli Jews Think That They Are Chosen By God

According to a new poll conducted by Haaretz, more than 56 per cent of Israeli Jews believe that they are the “chosen people” by God.

The findings and numbers revealed by the recent survey may be of great concern to those who wish to see a political resolution in Palestine on the basis of international law and justice.

According to the survey, more than half of Jewish Israelis believe that their perceived right to the “Land of Israel” derives from God’s divine covenant in the Bible.

The figure rises to 79 per cent, an overwhelming majority, among self-identified right-wingers. In a country where 76 per cent of people believe in God or another higher power, perhaps that is obvious.

The authors of the poll suggested that under the surface a religious war is raging. According to the authors, “the religious attitude of Israeli Jews was the ominous subtext of the bitter political debate over territories.”

The right-wing Israeli government, though, presents its quarrel with the Palestinians as being about security. The results of “blind faith,” they added, “are easily foretold and potentially dangerous.”

According to the poll, 54 per cent of Jewish Israelis believe in God, and another 21 per cent accept the existence of an undefined superior power other than God. In a country where 76 per cent of people believe in God or another higher power, perhaps that is obvious. But whereas belief in God is a private matter, the belief in a chosen people provides the outlines of a policy that explains a great deal about Israel’s actions.

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