Poll: Leaving Judea, Samaria Would Harm Security

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JERUSALEM, Israel -- The latest Smith Research poll revealed that 68 percent of Israelis believe uprooting Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria would harm the nation's security, compared with 21 percent who said it would not.

Palestinians want all of Judea and Samaria -- also known as the West Bank -- for a future Palestinian state. Some claim all of Israel, too.

The Jerusalem Post published the poll, which was conducted during the week of June 6, for the Knesset's Land of Israel caucus.

A whopping 85 percent of Israelis either opposed or strongly opposed releasing terrorist prisoners to woo the Palestinian Authority back to negotiations.

In related news, a Palestinian Arab prisoner released after an eight-month hunger strike, announced his return to the Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades, Arutz Sheva reported.

Ayman Sharawna was sentenced to 38 years in prison in 2002 for a whole slew of terror-related activities against Israelis. In 2011, he was one of 1,000 prisoners freed in exchange for kidnapped Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit. 

He was rearrested for more of the same in 2012 and later released due to health concerns from his hunger strike.

"No one can free a Palestinian prisoner but his persistence, determination and strength," he reportedly said. "I was able to stay strong and defeat the Israeli occupation."

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