Survey: Most Israelis, Palestinians Support 2...

Survey: Most Israelis, Palestinians Support 2 States

 By Aaron Kalman, The Times of Israel 

 04.07.2013
via The Times of Israel [click here for original article]
 
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with then-U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. 
 
The majority of Israelis and Palestinians support a two-state solution, a new survey released by the Hebrew University’s Truman Institute and the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research has found. On both sides, however, respondents are pessimistic over the prospects of “an independent Palestine” being formed in the next five years.
 
Nearly two-thirds of Israelis — 62 percent — support a diplomatic solution based on two states, while only 33% oppose it, the survey said. In contrast, 46% of the Palestinians said they were against the idea, as opposed to 53% who replied that they were in favor of it.
 
The Palestinian section of the survey was conducted via face-to-face interviews with residents of the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem, and had a standard error of up to 3%. On the Israeli side, phone calls were conducted in Hebrew, Russian and Arabic, and the error was up to 4.5%.
 
Participants on both sides thought the likelihood of a two-state solution coming about in the near future was low: Sixty-eight percent of Israelis and 69% of Palestinians said it wouldn’t happen within the next five years. Furthermore, 58% of the Palestinians said it was too late to implement a two-state solution.
 
Respondents on both sides of the conflict were opposed to a single bi-national state: Sixty-three percent of Israelis and 69% of Palestinians said they were against it, compared to some 30% who supported the idea on both sides.
 
Asked about the situation on the ground, 51% of Israeli respondents said they thought the settlements were the main obstacle to peace. Seventy-four percent of Palestinian respondents said they were worried that their lands would be taken over or their homes would be demolished.