BICOM briefing: 15 years after peace with Jordan Israelis support Palestinian state

According to the British Israel Communications’ briefing, which refers also to the opinion poll commissioned by the Geneva Initiative in October, Israelis remain supportive of a peaceful two-state solution with the Palestinians. A consistent majority of Jewish Israelis have supported the establishment of a Palestinian state since the late 1990s. However, whilst Israelis are ready to accept a Palestinian state, they are skeptical about the intentions of the Palestinians and the possibility of reaching a deal.


A survey conducted in mid-August by the Harry S. Truman Research Institute found that 54% of Israelis support the creation of a demilitarized Palestinian state with strong security forces and a multinational force to ensure its safety and security.
The War and Peace Index conducted in September 2009 shows that 64% of Israelis support the principle of ‘two states for two peoples.'
The poll commissioned by the Geneva Initiative, completed at the beginning of October 2009, found that 56% of Israelis support an agreement along the parameters of the Geneva Accords.
It should be noted however, that Israeli public is tempered with skepticism about the possibility of reaching such an outcome in practice. The Geneva Initiative survey found that only 35% of Israelis believe it is possible to reach such agreement along the lines of the Geneva Accord while according to the Harry S. Truman Research Institute’s poll , 59% of Israelis do not believe Israel has a partner for peace negotiations.
With regard to the long-term trends, annual surveys conducted by the Institute for National Security Studies have charted a steady increase of support for the establishment of the Palestinian state in Gaza and the West Bank, from 21% in 1987 to cross the 50% threshold towards the end of the 1990s. Since then it has continued to hover between 50% and 60%.

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