Most settlers would not fight evacuation of homes, poll shows

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JERUSALEM — Eighty-three percent of settlers would not use lethal weapons to fight a government-ordered evacuation of settlements, according to a recent survey.

The survey, sponsored by Bar-Ilan University's Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies and the Nablus-based Center for Palestine Research and Studies, found that 8 percent of settlers answered affirmatively when asked, "Would you consider resisting with force (i.e. use of firearms or other lethal weapons) to a government-ordered evacuation of the settlements in Judea and Samaria?"

Another 9 percent said they did not know.

According to the poll, carried out by Modi'in Ezrahi, 2 percent of the settlers said they would "justify active confrontation" such as "hitting, use of lethal weapons, etc." against soldiers who came to evacuate settlements, while 14 percent would justify passive physical confrontation.

The poll of 511 Jews in 79 settlements was conducted by phone from Dec. 29-31. The margin of error is 4.5 percent.

Among the poll's other findings:

*Thirty percent of the respondents said they would be willing to consider leaving their homes in exchange for "reasonable compensation" from the government, while 58 percent said they would refuse to consider this option.

*Twenty-two percent of the settlers believe that within five to 10 years most settlements will be dismantled, while 20 percent believe most of the settlements will be annexed to Israel.

*Thirty-nine percent believe a Palestinian state will be established in the West Bank within five to 10 years, while 26 percent believe the peace process will fail, and the Israel Defense Force will return to exert control over the West Bank.

*Sixteen percent of the settlers believe that if a Palestinian state emerges, they would "consider staying on the settlement as a citizen of Israel under Palestinian sovereignty," while 71 percent said they would not.

*Seventy-two percent said they would not consider a "fair business offer" from a Palestinian to buy their home or business, while 15 percent said they would.