Poll: 77% of Israelis Believe Removing Temple Mount Metal Detectors Was Surrender

More than three-quarters of Israelis do not support their government’s decision to remove metal detectors at the Temple Mount holy site in Jerusalem, according to a poll commissioned by Israel’s Channel 2.

In the poll of 502 Israeli adults, conducted by Midgam Research & Consulting, 68 percent of respondents said installing metal detectors at the Temple Mount’s entrance gates following the July 14 Arab terror attack near the holy site was the right thing to do. When asked about the government’s removal of the metal detectors, 77 percent of respondents said the decision denoted Israel’s surrender.

The Dome of the Rock on the Temple Mount. Credit: Andrew Shiva via Wikimedia Commons.

Regarding their views on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s conduct throughout the Temple Mount security crisis, 67 respondents said they were dissatisfied.

Israel decided Monday to remove the metal detectors in favor of “security measures based on advanced technologies.”