July 2007: New poll by New Wave Research finds Israeli public wants increase in international involvement

July 2007: New poll by New Wave Research finds Israeli public wants increase in international involvement
Date: 12.07.07

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New poll finds that the Israeli public supports international involvement in the peace process, permanent status negotiations with President Abbas and dialogue with Hamas

The public opinion survey was conducted during mid July 2007 by the New Wave Research Institute (“HaGal HaHadash”). The survey was conducted among a representative sample of 600 Israelis, with a ±4% margin of error.

The findings show a constant rise in the Israeli public's support for international involvement in the peace process between Israel and the Palestinians, vast and steady support for commencing permanent status negotiations with President Abbas and vast support for a dialogue with Hamas. Also noteworthy is the support for a permanent status package similar in content to the Clinton Parameters, the Taba Talks and the Geneva Accord, compared with the diminishing faith in the achievability of such an agreement.


July 2007 Public Opinion Survey

Respondents were asked the following questions:

In general, do you support or object to increasing U.S. involvement in the process between Israel and the Palestinians?
Support 64%
Object 32%
Undecided 4%
Total 100%

*This question has been sampled since 2005 and findings show a steady increase in support for increasing U.S. involvement in the process between Israel and the Palestinians. Israelis that supported increased US involvement was estimated 47% in August 2005, 54% in May 2006 and 60% in January 2007.

In general, do you support or object to increasing European involvement in the process between Israel and the Palestinians?
Support 48%
Object 46%
Undecided 6%
Total
100%

*This question was also sampled earlier in 2007 and findings show an increase in support for growing European involvement in the process between Israel and the Palestinians. In January 2007 40% of Israelis supported increased European involvement (in contrast to 53% who opposed).

Politically, what would you prefer the government do?
Commence negotiations with Mahmoud Abbas 15%
Commence negotiations with Syria 7%
Commence negotiations with both Mahmoud Abbas and Syria 49%
Neither 23%
Undecided 6%
Total 100%

Do you support or object to Israel conducting permanent status negotiations with Mahmoud Abbas at the present time?
Support 66%
Object 26.5%
Undecided 7.5%
Total 100%

What is your opinion on Mahmoud Abbas?
He is a partner with whom we must not lose the available opportunity 49.5%
It would be better to wait for the leader that follows him 30.5%
Undecided 20%
Total 100%

What is your opinion on Ehud Olmert?
He is capable of reaching a permanent status agreement with the Palestinians 24%
It would be better to wait for the leader that follows him 63%
Undecided 13%
Total 100%

Do you support or object to Israel holding talks with Hamas at the present time on securing a ceasefire, preventing a humanitarian crisis in the Gaza Strip, resolving the issue of crossings, creating basic economic conditions, and securing the release of Gilad Shalit?
Support 57%
Object 36%
Undecided 7%
Total 100%

In light of the new situation created in the Gaza Strip, which of the following options do you agree with more?
The new situation is a new opportunity for Israel to commence negotiations with Mahmoud Abbas 42.5%
The new situation is proof that no agreement can be reached with the Palestinians 45.5%
Undecided 12%
Total 100%

Along with commencing negotiations, it has been proposed that Israel implement several steps on the ground. The steps must include:
a. Unfreezing Palestinian tax funds
b. Removing roadblocks
c. Releasing prisoners
d. Increasing security cooperation with forces loyal to Mahmoud Abbas in order to reduce friction between the IDF and the local population

To what extent do you support or object to this proposal?
Object 34.5%
Support 43.5%
Undecided 22%
Total 100%

To what extent do you support the following?
A complete withdrawal to the' 67 borders, excluding some settlement blocks which will be kept in return for uninhabited areas
Object 50%
Support 35%
Undecided 15%

Jewish neighborhoods in East Jerusalem will be under Israeli sovereignty, and Arab neighborhoods under Palestinian Sovereignty
Object 30%
Support 57%
Undecided 13%

The Jewish Quarter and the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem will be under Israeli sovereignty, and the mosques and Arab quarters in the Old City under Palestinian sovereignty Object 32%
Support 56%
Undecided 12%

A demilitarized Palestinian state and the establishment of comprehensive security arrangements to protect Israel
Object 32%
Support 52%
Undecided 16%

The return of refugees to the Palestinian state and the limited admission of refugees into Israel based on Israel’s exclusive judgment
Object 59%
Support 29%
Undecided 12%

A mutual announcement by Israel and the Palestinians on the end of conflict and the lack of any further claims
Object 17%
Support 65%
Undecided 18%

In the event that the government of Israel and Mahmoud Abbas reach a permanent status agreement that includes all of the aforementioned articles, would you support or object to such an agreement?
Object 26.5%
Support 55%
Undecided 18.5%
Total 100%

Do you support or object to the Geneva Accord, reached between senior Israeli and Palestinian officials?
Object 37%
Support 34%
Undecided 29%
Total 100%

Do you or do you not believe a permanent status agreement to end the conflict can be reached with Mahmoud Abbas?
January 2007 July 2007
Believe 47% 40%
Don't Believe 50% 53%
Undecided 3% 7%
Total 100% 100%