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October 2010: Peace Index

Prof. Ephraim Yaar and Prof. Tamar Hermann: A clear majority (64%) of the Jewish public thinks now is the right time to return to negotiations with the Palestinian Authority under U.S. patronage. A larger majority (72%) favors such negotiations, but only 33% think they are likely to bear fruit.

Summary of the Findings


• The right time for negotiations? A clear majority (64%) of the Jewish public thinks now is the right time to return to negotiations with the Palestinian Authority under U.S. patronage. A larger majority (72%) favors such negotiations, but only 33% think they are likely to bear fruit.

Will the goods be delivered? A large majority (73%) thinks that if an agreement is signed, the leadership of the Palestinian Authority will not be able to uphold its commitments because of the opposition of Hamas and other groups. However, a similar majority (70%) believes that if the Israeli government signs a peace agreement, it will be able to honor the commitments it has undertaken despite the opposition of various domestic elements.

• Is there a price for peace? In return for a permanent peace with the Palestinians backed by the United States, half of the Jewish public are willing to evacuate settlements that lie beyond the large settlement blocs (a minority of 43% oppose this). However, only a minority (28%) thinks Israel should sign such an agreement and pay for it by evacuating all of the settlements in the territories (a majority of 65% oppose such an evacuation). In the Arab public there is sweeping support (80%) for a full evacuation in return for a permanent peace.

• And settlers who would want to remain? The Jewish public is evenly split on the question of whether to enable the settlers to remain in their homes after an evacuation and the transfer of the territories to the Palestinian Authority – 47% favor providing such a possibility and 48% oppose it. The majority of the Arab public (56%) is against it.

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