Ethan Bronner, Jerusalem Bureau chief of the New York Times wrote an article about the mood in Israel on its Independence Day. He gave about equal attention to clear statements of opposing views. Thus, one side said the problem is the “settlements,” and the other side said that the Arabs oppose Israel because of its very existence [as a non-Muslim state].
The article describes the Israeli daily, Haaretz, as “the newspaper that serves as the voice of the shrinking political left in this country.” (4/20, A9.)
Prof. Steven Plaut has called it also the Hebrew voice of the Palestinian Arabs.
Now, if the Left is shrinking, how come polls taken or interpreted by the Left claim that most Israelis agree with it on how to deal with the Arabs?
Polls have two aspects from which unscrupulous demagogues or careless people generate confusion: (1) Asking the wrong questions or asking the right questions with misleading wording; and (2) Misinterpreting results or quoting from them in a biased way.
Why is the Left shrinking? Because Israelis are coming to realize that the Left’s policies of withdrawal fail, get them killed, and make peace less likelier.