November 2007 Peace Index: Substantial majority of Jewish public believes an independent Palestinian state must be established

November 2007 Peace Index: Substantial majority of Jewish public believes an independent Palestinian state must be established
Date: 30.11.07

Related link: Prof. Yaar and Prof. Hermann write in Ha'aretz

Poll finds majority of Israelis believe both Israelis and Palestinians want peace, Israel can afford agreeing to an independent Palestinian state.

The Peace Index project for November 2007 found that the Israeli public is in nearly unanimous agreement that both the government and the people of Israel truly want to arrive at peace with the Palestinians. Regarding the Palestinian side, the majority of the public believes the Palestinian people also want peace with Israel. Additionally, results indicate that a substantial majority of the Jewish public believes that the Palestinian demand for an+ independent state is justified and that Israel can afford to agree to the establishment of an independent Palestinian state. Regarding the core issue of Jerusalem, the index found that compared to the 1990s, the issue's significance to the public has decreased.

62% believe the Palestinians' demand for an independent state is justified.

55% believe the Palestinian Authority headed by Mahmoud Abbas wants peace.

58% believe Israel can afford the establishment of an independent Palestinian state.

39% believe the issue of Jerusalem tops the list of obstacles. In a November 1999 poll, 57% of the public said this issue tops the list of obstacles.

The Peace Index project was conducted by the Tami Steinmetz Center for Peace Research and the Evens Program in Mediations and Conflict Resolution at Tel Aviv University, header by Prof. Ephraim Yaar and Prof. Tamar Hermann.