July 2010: Peace Index

The index finds that 71.5% of the Israeli Jewish public supports holding talks with the Palestinians, with a clear majority of 62% supporting direct talks.

07.07.2010

The Evens Program in Mediation and Conflict Resolution
Tel Aviv University and the Israel Democracy Institute
 
Summary of Findings
 
To talk or not to talk (and what will come of it?) – 71.5% of the Israeli Jewish public supports holding talks with the Palestinians but only 32.3% believe they will lead to peace. This wide gap between high support for talks and low belief in their outcomes has characterized public opinion on this issue consistently since the signing of the Oslo agreement in 1993.
 
How to talk? – A clear majority (62%) supports direct dialogue, while only 14% prefer indirect dialogue in the form of the proximity talks mediated by U.S. envoy George Mitchell. The rest have no clear opinion. A segmentation of the preferences on this matter by voting for the Knesset in the most recent elections reveals that among voters for all the parties, without exception, the preference of the overwhelming majority is for direct talks!
 

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