Israelis are about evenly split in support and opposition to the plan of a group of rabbis who say Jews should avoid selling or renting property to non-Jews, according to a recent survey.
Dozens of senior rabbis recently signed a letter advising Jews not to sell or rent property to non-Jews.
The new survey shows that 44 percent of Israelis are in favor of the letter’s call while 48 percent oppose it.
Due to the renewed settlement building activities, the Palestinian Authority broke off the recently resumed direct talks. The PA said Tel Aviv had to freeze the construction and expansion of Jewish settler units or the talks could not continue.
But Israel refuses to cancel its recent decision to build 238 new Jewish settler units in East al-Quds (Jerusalem) and is also forging ahead with the construction of new units in settlements in other parts of the occupied territories.
In addition, Israel regularly issues eviction orders to Palestinian residents of East al-Quds, claiming their property ownership documents are not legal. But the Palestinian residents of the city say that Israeli officials have been either withholding or refusing to issue documents for their houses.