Saturday, May 12, 2007

Of Strawmen

Ha'aretz reports on a poll, one finding of which is that 96% of Israelis are opposed to giving up the Western Wall in a peace deal. Has anyone actually suggested Israel give up control of the wall? I guess that's implied by the, "Jerusalem should become an international city" theme one occasionally hears in foreign coffeehouses, but I don't think that's been seriously proposed for decades.

The most interesting thing I found in the survey was that 43% of Israelis are opposed to any concessions on Jerusalem. Based on the rhetoric, I'd expected that to be a strong majority, yet the article indicates that number is actually up from previous years.



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