While most of the Jewish public in Israel now tends to describe itself as rightist in its world view on foreign and security affairs, the fact is that, to a considerable extent, the majority supports the left's stand regarding conditions for peace with the Palestinians, including the establishment of an independent Palestinian state, the evacuation of settlements in the territories - except for the large blocs - and a return to the 1967 borders, with border modifications aimed at keeping these blocs within Israeli territory.
As for Israel's policy vis-a-vis the Palestinian civilian population a majority of 59% feels that in light of the many reports on the difficult living conditions of this population in the territories, and concurrent with the war on terror, Israel must take practical measures to ease the suffering of this population (only 38% are opposed, while the remainder have no clear opinion on the issue.) A majority for this preference is found in all the political camps, albeit a smaller number on the right - 53% - compared with 59.5% in the center and 75% on the left.
But a reverse picture appears when the war on terror is concerned - there is considerable support, even among self-declared leftists, for an uncompromising policy usually identified with the right. As a result, we found a majority of 62% of the overall population who believe that despite the large number of innocent casualties involved in the targeted liquidation of Shehadeh, Israel should not abstain from similar liquidations in the future, even if the civilian population may be harmed (33% believe that no liquidations should be carried out under such circumstances, while only 4% believe that targeted liquidations should be avoided altogether.) A segmentation of replies according to self-declared leftists/rightist indicates that 71% of rightists support the liquidations, even when they could harm civilians, as do 61% of centrists and 43% of leftists.
These findings point to a drift to the right that has recently received considerable attention, and is reflected in this poll by the fact that the number of self-declared rightists is twice as large as that of self-declared leftists, mainly when it comes to security, but not necessarily on matters of policy.