Poll: Plurality of Israelis think settlements help security

March 8, 2016 10:30 AM

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TEL AVIV, Israel – A comprehensive survey shows a plurality of Israeli Jews believe the continued building of West Bank settlements helps Israel's security.

The Pew Research Center found that 42 percent of Israeli Jews said settlements are helpful, while 30 percent found them harmful. Most of the world considers Israeli settlements built on war-won land to be illegal and an obstacle to peace.

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