Anticipating September

Anticipating September

By Dalia Scheindlin, Jerusalem Report

13.7.2011
via Jerusalem Report
 
 
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In a survey commissioned by the Geneva Initiative, an Israeli and Palestinian citizen-led initiative for a peace agreement, and conducted by the Palestinian company Alpha Research in late November 2010, based on 1,358 respondents, a wide 79% majority of Palestinians supported the position of the Geneva Initiative regarding the establishment of a Palestinian state within the 1967 areas. Two-thirds (68%) accept the Initiative's clause according to which Israel would withdraw from the territories conquered in 1967, with 3% equal land swaps. (It is worthwhile noting that this is consistent with the language used by US President Barack Obama in his speeches in May, in which he referred to negotiations based on the 1967 borders with adjustments.) In that poll, in which the questions were presented in the context of a hypothetical agreement, a broad Palestinian majority, 64%, also supports a complete end of the conflict and the end of all further claims.
 
These data indicate that the majority of Palestinians at this point are more focused on statehood based on 1967 territory—with or without negotiations—than on other goals.
 
All of these various indicators stand in contrast to Israeli expectations that such destruction of present-day Israel and the Jewish population is the main Palestinian aspiration.
 
How do Palestinians hope to reach their goals? The Geneva Initiative survey shows that a majority, 53%, believe that a political solution (in contrast to a military situation) is the best way to end the conflict.