ISRAEL - 82% of Israelis Happy with Their Country

Arno Froese

Some 82% of Israelis say the country’s achievements outweigh its failures, according to a report by the Israel Democracy Institute.

According to Dr. William Cubbison, a researcher with IDI’s Guttman Center for Public Opinion and Policy Research, the results this year are similar to those around the time of the 66th and 70th Independence Days. 

In 2018, 80% of Israelis said they were satisfied with Israel’s achievements, an increase from 71% as compared with in 2014.

This year, among Arab Israelis, the numbers who think there have been much more successes was 42%, while those who say there were somewhat more successes is 27%. Similarly, last year, there was a gap between Jews and Arabs, with 87% of Jewish Israelis satisfied with Israel’s achievements prior to the 70th Independence Day, compared to just 40% of Arab Israelis.

The survey was conducted between April 30 and May 2, before 700 rockets rained down on Israel from Gaza killing four citizens in a 48-hour escalation. Then, when IDI asked, “How do you feel about Israel’s security situation in the foreseeable future?” the organization found that more than half (58%) of Jews and Arabs (51.5%) were optimistic about the future of Israel’s security.

Over time, Jewish Israelis have consistently expressed more pride in being Israeli, although in 2018 a majority of Arab Israelis also said they were proud to be Israeli. 

“But, when looking ahead towards the future, Israelis are less optimistic: large gaps exist between Arab and Jewish Israelis and between Right and Left, both with regard to their pride in being Israeli, and on the future of the state.”, 6 May 2019

Arno's commentary

The Israeli political structure allows for a multi-party system to be represented in the 120-seat Knesset. The diversity is almost mind-boggling when compared to the US, where only two parties really matter. The government elected in 2019 consists of 17 parties, which formed a majority in the Knesset (Parliament). As is apparent from this report, the overwhelming majority of Israelis are satisfied with this system, which follows in the footsteps of most European nations, whose governments consist of multi-party coalitions. 

Many have asked in the past, as well as today, why is Israel so successful? There are multiple obvious answers, which we could list here, but it is our firm belief that Israel’s success is based on the prophetic Word. And more is yet to come, as we can read in Zechariah 8:23: “Thus saith the Lord of hosts; In those days it shall come to pass, that ten men shall take hold out of all languages of the nations, even shall take hold of the skirt of him that is a Jew, saying, We will go with you: for we have heard that God is with you.” 

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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