August 2018: Support for the two-state solution is in decline, yet it remains the most favored option

A new poll by the Tami Stainmetz Center for Peace Research and the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey shows that while support for the two-state solution is down, it remains the most favored alternative by both the Israeli and the Palestinian publics.

 

 

 

 

 

Support for the two-state solution declines to 43% for on the Palestinian side and 49% on the Israeli side. Still, fewer people on both sides support three possible alternatives to a two-state solution (one state with equal rights, one state without rights, and expulsion or “transfer”), making the two-state solution the most favored option by a majority on both sides.

 

Only 47.5 % of Israelis believe the two-state solution is still possible, while among Palestinians, only 39% think it is. We have seen in the past how in the absence of any progress or negotiations, belief in the feasibility of the two-state solution declines, and with it, support in it. Support is inextricably linked to confidence, or lack thereof, that such an eventuality is still viable and possible. The current standstill is detrimental to the support in the two-state solution, but renewed efforts could lead to a resurgence.

 

Finally, the poll looked at perceived attitudes of the other side; 53% of Palestinians think the majority of Israelis oppose the two-state solution, 60% of Israelis believe the majority of Palestinians oppose it. In other words, a majority on both sides believes that a majority on the other side is opposed to the two-state solution, when this is not the case. This shows the level of misinformation and misconception between the Israeli and Palestinian publics, a result of entrenched separation and the absence of interaction – something The Geneva Initiative works to counter every day.

 

The complete poll