Israeli Opinion Regarding
Peace with Syria & Lebanon


Do you believe that the new Israeli government will succeed to lead Israel to a peace agreement with Syria? (Harry Truman Research Institute/PCPSR, March 1-7, 2009)

Yes
19%
No
71%

Do you support or oppose full withdrawal from the Golan Heights in return for a complete peace agreement with Syria? (Harry Truman Research Institute/PCPSR, Maagar Mohot Survey Institute)

 
June 5-7, 2008
August 25-September 1, 2008
November 20-21, 2008
March 1-7, 2009
Support
22%
25%
26%
28%
Oppose
67%
64%
55%
63%

Under what conditions should Israel agree to full withdrawal from the Golan Heights? (Maagar Mohot Survey Institute, November 20-21, 2008)

After signing an agreement for full peace
12%
After signing an agreement for full peace and only after a long testing period of a number of years
11%
After signing an agreement for full peace and breaking ties with Iran
4%
After signing an agreement for full peace and only agter a long testing period of a number of years and breaking ties with Iran
23%
No need to agree at all to leaving the Golan
42%
Don't know/Other replies
8%

What do you think IDF soldiers should do if they are instructed to evacuate Jewish communities in the Golan Heights in the future? (Maagar Mohot Survey Institute, November 20-21, 2008)

Follow orders
56%
Refuse orders
27%
Don't know/Other replies
17%

Why are the Golan Heights so crucial to the Jewish public? (The Tami Steinmetz Center for Peace Research, Peace Index - May 2008)

Military/security factor
65%
Golan's national significance as part of the Greater Land of Israel
20%
Its economic and tourism value
7%

Who should have the final authority on whether to sign a peace treaty with Syria in return for territories in the Golan? (The Tami Steinmetz Center for Peace Research, Peace Index - May 2008)

The government with the support of a regular majority of Knesset
8%
The government with the support of a special majority of Knesset
12%
The public should decide
72%

What will happen if Israel and Syria fail to reach a peace agreement? (The Tami Steinmetz Center for Peace Research, Peace Index - May 2008)

Believe the existing situation will continue for many more years
60.5%
War will erupt between Israel and Syria
30.5%

Do you support an Israeli withdrawal all of the Golan Heights in exchange for a full peace treaty with Syria? (The Tami Steinmetz Center for Peace Research, Peace Index)

 
April 2008
May 2008
Support
19%
16%
Oppose
75%
67%
Don't know
6%
17%

In exchange for a full peace agreement with Syria would you support concessions on the Golan? (Dahaf for Yediot Ahronot)

 
April 26, 2008
May 21, 2008
Entire Golan
32%
19%
Part of the Golan
17%
29%
None of the Golan
51%
52%

Do you believe Assad seriously wants peace? (Dahaf for Yediot Ahronot, April 26, 2008)

Yes
26%
No
74%

Do you support the participation of Syrians at the Annapolis conference? (Yediot Ahronot, November 23, 2007)

Support
57%
Oppose
37%

Should Israel negotiate with the Syrians? (Yediot Ahronot, November 23, 2007)

Yes
70%
No
29%

Are you prepared to give up the Golan in a peace agreement with the Syrians? (Yediot Ahronot, November 23, 2007)

Yes
27%
No
70%

Should the State of Israel engage in negotiations at the same time with the Palestinians and the Syrians, give preference to the Palestinians or give preference to Syria? (IMRA, Dr. Aaron Lerner, November 17, 2007)

Palestinians
24%
Syrians
8%
Both simultaneously
46%
Other replies
22%

Would you be ready to return the Golan Heights in return for true peace with Syria? (IMRA, Dr. Aaron Lerner, November 17, 2007)

No
49%
Yes
30%
Other replies
12%

Do you support full withdrawal from the Golan Heights in return for a demilitarized Golan with a recreational park open to Israelis but controlled by Syria, under joint Israeli-Syrian administration? (Truman Center, June, 2007)

Yes
31%
No
56%
 

Is Syria prepared to cut off all ties with Hamas, Iran, and Hezbollah in return for the Golan Heights? (Peace Index, June, 2007)

No
85%

Are you in favor of exchanging peace with Syria for a full withdrawal from the Golan Heights?

  Peace Index, February 26-27, 2007 Peace Index , June, 2007
Yes
20%
63%
No
--
20%
Ambivalent
--
14%

Should Israel enter into negotiations with Syria?

  Yediot Ahronot, November 20, 2006 IMRA, June, 2007 Truman Center, June, 2007
Yes
67%
62%
47%
No
32%
29%
50%
Other
--
9%

Do you support giving the Golan in return for peace with Syria ?:

  Dahaf, June 1 IMRA, July, 2007 Truman Center , June, 2007
Yes
31%
25%
No
68%
63%
60%

(IMRA June, 2007)

Oppose any withdrawal
44%
Support only partial withdrawal
40%
Support full withdrawal
10%

Who won the Second Lebanon War? (NSPOP March 2007)

Israel
23%
Hezbollah
26%
Neither
51%

In the case of war between Israel and Syria who will win? (IMRA June, 2007)

Israel
76%
Syria
4%
Neither side
4%

There are those who maintain that in the absence of negotiations between Israel and Syria we can expect war or terror in the Golan. Do you agree? (IMRA June, 2007)

Yes
39%
No
50%

Do you believe that war will break out between Israel and Syria in the coming year? (IMRA June, 2007)

Yes
37%
No
47%

Do you support or oppose renewing negotiations between Israel and Syria assuming that it will also deal with the future of the Golan? (IMRA June, 2007)

Support
45%
Oppose
48%

In the last months the president of Syria has called for a renewal of negotiations with Israel. Do you believe Assad's statements that he is interested in peace? (IMRA June, 2007)

Yes
17%
No
74%

Do you believe Israel should respond positively to Syria's call to return to negotiations even if it has not stopped supporting Hizbullah and other terrorist organizations? (Peace Index, February 26-27, 2007)

Yes
41%

Do you believe that Syria's call for talks stems from weakness and that Israel should not respond positively? (Peace Index, February 26-27, 2007)

Yes
52%

Do you believe relations between the Syrians and Israelis will:* (Peace Index, January 29-31, 2007)

Have renewed contacts
37%
Not change
30%
War will break out
16%
Do not know
17%

*Not exact wording of question

Do you support or oppose peace talks with Syrian President Bashar Assad? (Israel Radio, January 3, 2007)

Support
58%
Oppose
29%
Other
13%

Do you believe that Bashar Assad is ready to engage in negotiations to reach a peace agreement? (Israel Radio’s “Its all Talk,” December 20, 2006 )

Yes
21.6%
No
71.0%
Other
7.4%

Do you support the return of the Golan Heights in exchange for true peace with Syria? (Israel Radio’s “Its all Talk,” December 20, 2006 )

Yes
19%
No
64%
Not sure
15%
No clear opinion
3%

According to the assessments provided by the IDF, a war will break out this coming summer in the North.  Do you personally believe this? (Israel Radio’s “Its all Talk,” December 6, 2006 )

Yes
38.7%
No
41.7%
Other
19.6%

A majority of Israelis - 58 percent - think Syria's offer to hold peace talks should be accepted. (MarketWatch, November 2006)

64 percent of Israelis are unwilling to give up the Golan Heights in exchange for peace with Syria. (MarketWatch, November 2006)

59 percent said they believed war would break out if there was no peace initiative with Syria. (MarketWatch, November 2006)

The prevailing view (48 percent) is that given the two kinds of messages recently voiced by Syrian President Bashar Assad, the real ones are the declarations of war. Only 19 percent believe his peace messages are genuine; the rest cannot decide which messages are real. (Peace Index, October 2006)

Three-fourths of the public rate the probability of achieving Israeli-Syrian peace in the next five years as very low or low (55 percent and 22 percent, respectively), 18 percent as moderate, and only 5 percent as high or very high. (Peace Index, October 2006)

That helps explain the negligible percentage that favors signing a full peace treaty with Syria in return for a full withdrawal from the Golan Heights - only 16 percent (70 percent oppose it and the rest do not have a clear opinion). The Jewish public's level of support for a peace settlement with Syria in exchange for the Golan used to be higher - about one-third, though the opposition to this formula was always higher. (Peace Index, October 2006)

Syria, it turns out, is not the only regional actor with whom Israelis see very little hope for peace. Only 10 percent think there is a good chance for an agreement with the Palestinians within the next five years; about two-thirds (64 percent) view the chances as low or very low. This applies to Lebanon as well: Eighteen percent see the chances as high or very high, and 56 percent as low or very low. These expectations apparently derive from the widespread opinion that none of the three actors are interested in peace with Israel. Only 23 percent think the Palestinians are very interested or interested in peace; a similar rate holds that view of Lebanon; and even fewer - 17 percent - believe Syria is interested or very interested in peace. (Peace Index, October 2006)

Nevertheless, the majority believes achieving peace with the Palestinians and Lebanon is vital for Israel: Sixty-one percent say so about the Palestinians, and 54 percent about Lebanon. The picture regarding Syria is somewhat different: Less than half of respondents - 48 percent - view peace with it as vital to Israeli interests. Presumably, this outlook contributes to the sweeping opposition to returning the Golan as part of a peace treaty with Syria. (Peace Index, October 2006)

This recognition of the essential nature of peace apparently bolsters the view that meetings should continue between Israeli and Arab leaders. Some 73 percent said they are in favor of meetings like the one recently reported between Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and a senior Saudi figure. Only 38 percent, however, think such meetings are likely to comprise significant steps toward Arab-Israeli conciliation. (Peace Index, October 2006)

Within the framework of a real peace agreement should Israel return the Golan Heights to Syria? (Yediot Ahronot, November 20, 2006)

Yes
33%
No
66%

Do you favour or oppose signing a full peace treaty with Syria in return for a full withdrawal from the Golan Heights? (Peace Index, October 3-4, 2006)

Favour
16%
Oppose
70%
No Opinion
14%

Do you support or oppose negotiating with Syria? (Israel Radio's “Another Matter” program, September 27, 2006)

Support
54%
Oppose
31%
Other
15%

Was it the right move to withdraw the IDF from Lebanon in May 2000? (Israel Radio's “Another Matter” program, September 27, 2006)

Yes
39%
No
45%
Other
16%

Do you support opening talks with Syria for a peace agreement in which there is withdrawal from the Golan? (Yediot Ahronot, August 25, 2006)

Oppose
62%
Support
35%

Do you support or oppose Minister Avi Dichter's proposal to negotiate in the future for peace with Syria in return for giving up the Golan Heights? (Israel Radio's “Its all Talk,” August 23, 2006)

Support
27.4%
Oppose
64.4%
No view
6.7%
Refuse reply
1.5%

Should Israel renew peace negotiations with Syria? (Israel Radio's “Another Matter” program, December 8, 2004)

Yes
76%
No
21%
Other
3%

According to the latest news, Syrian president Assad sent messages to Israel according to which Syria is prepared to renew the negotiations with Israel? (Israeli television program "Reshet in the Morning," November 25, 2004)

Yes
71%
No
25%
Other
4%

The current policy of Israel towards Syria includes a freeze on contact with Syria along with efforts to isolate it from the world. Should Israel continue or change its current policy? (Israeli television program "Reshet in the Morning," November 25, 2004)

Continue
47%
Change
40%
Other
13%

As said, according to the latest news, Syrian president Assad sent messages to Israel according to which Syria is prepared to renew negotiations with Israel. To what extent do you think that Assad is sincere? (Israeli television program "Reshet in the Morning," November 25, 2004)

Don't
41%
So-so
25%
Do
23%
Other
11%

Do you support or oppose an IDF unilateral withdrawal from South Lebanon? (Gallup/Ma'ariv, 4/00)

Support 53%
Oppose 34%
Don't Know 13%

In your opinion, following the IDF's  unilateral withdrawal from South Lebanon, will the security situation on the northern border improve, worsen, or remain the same? (Gallup/Ma'ariv, 4/00)

Improve 20%
Worsen 44%
Stay the Same 10%

Do you believe that before Ehud Barak's term of office runs out, he will achieve a peace agreement with Syria? (Gallup/Ma'ariv, 4/00)

Yes 31%
No 58%
Don't Know 11%

 

In light of the fact that the negotiations with the Syrians are stuck and the chances of reaching an agreement with Syria are low, do you feel relieved or that a historic opportunity was wasted? (Gallup/Ma'ariv, 4/00)

Relieved 45%
Opportunity wasted 34%
Mixed 7%
Don't Know 14%

An Israeli-Syrian agreement is in the works that indicates Israel will withdraw from the Golan down to the Lake of Galilee waterfront. What is your position on the proposed agreement? (Bar-Ilan University's Community Research Institute, 3/5-7/00)

December 1999 March 2000
Against the proposed agreement 53% 59%
For the prospective agreement 39% 34%
Unclear 8% 7%

If today there was a national referendum and the question was if you were for or against leaving the entire Golan in return for full peace that would allow for withdrawal from Lebanon and appropriate security arrangements, how would you reply? (Dahaf Institute , January 7, 2000)

Date For Against No Reply
January 7, 2000 41% 53% 6%
December 17, 1999 45% 51% 4%
December 10, 1999 45% 54% 1%

If it wasn't leaving the entire Golan but almost all of it in return full peace that would allow withdrawal from Lebanon and appropriate security arrangements, how would you reply? (Dahaf Institute , January 7, 2000)

Date For Against No Reply
January 7, 2000 49% 44% 7%
December 17, 1999 59% 35% 6%
December 10, 1999 57% 38% 5%

Are you certain that the day that there is a national referendum that this is how you will vote, or when you know more details about the agreement you may change your opinion? (Dahaf Institute , January 7, 2000)

Date Certain May Change
January 7, 2000 69% 28%
December 17, 1999 62% 35%

If a referendum were held today and the questions was, "Are you for or against a withdrawal from the entire Golan heights in return for a full peace that will make possible a withdrawal from Lebanon and appropriate security arrangements," how would you vote? (Yediot Aharonot, 12/99)

For 41%
Against 53%
No Response 6%

And if the issue were a withdrawal from almost the entire Golan, how would you vote? (Yediot Aharonot, 12/99)

For 49%
Against 44%
No Response 7%

When should the referendum on the withdrawal from the Golan Heights be held? (Tami Steinmetz Center for Peace Research, Tel Aviv University, 12/28/99)

As soon as possible, even before any agreement is signed 52%
After signing, but before the Knesset gets to vote on the agreement 19%
After the Knesset has voted on the agreement 17%
No need for referendum 3%
DK 9%

What is your position on a complete peace agreement with Syria in exchange for a full withdrawal from the Golan? (Tami Steinmetz Center for Peace Research, Tel Aviv University, 12/28/99)

Strongly support/support 21%
Undecided 14%
Strongly oppose/oppose 62%
DK 3%

If the peace agreement with Syria ill include a public recognition by Syria of Israel, including its right to exist, full diplomatic relations, demilitarization on the Golan Heights, free transfer of people and goods across the border, and international guarantees of Israel's security, will you support or oppose a full withdrawal from the Golan in exchange for a complete peace agreement with Syria? (Tami Steinmetz Center for Peace Research, Tel Aviv University, 12/28/99)

Strongly support/support 36%
Undecided 15%
Strongly oppose/oppose 47%
DK 2%

If it emerges that Israel may be faced with only two options -- a complete withdrawal in exchange for a full peace agreement, or the continuation of the present situation, that is continued presence on the Golan without any peace agreement -- which of the two options would you choose? (Tami Steinmetz Center for Peace Research, Tel Aviv University, 12/28/99)

Complete withdrawal/full peace 30%
Continued presence/no peace 55%
DK 15%

What will happen, in your view, if Israel and Syria will not reach a peace agreement? (Tami Steinmetz Center for Peace Research, Tel Aviv University, 12/28/99)

Existing situation will continue for many years to come 55%
War will break out sooner or later 34%
DK 11%

Do you believe that the signing of  a peace agreement with Syria will bring an end to the historic conflict between the Arab world and Israel? (Tami Steinmetz Center for Peace Research, Tel Aviv University, 12/28/99)

Yes 37%
Not Sure 24%
No 39%

Would a public appeal by Syria's Assad to the Israeli population, where he would express his desire for a full peace with Israel, influence your views in favor of a complete withdrawal? (Tami Steinmetz Center for Peace Research, Tel Aviv University, 12/28/99)

Yes 35%
No 60%
DK 5%

What are the important factors that influence your views on the Golan issue? (Tami Steinmetz Center for Peace Research, Tel Aviv University, 12/28/99)

Water 79%
Strategic Importance 73%
Withdrawal from Lebanon 64%
Historic part of Israel 49%
Sympathy with Golan settlers 48%
Environmental issues 48%
Economic importance 41%
Ending conflict with the Arabs 41%
Trust in Syria's intentions 39%

If a referendum would be held today, how would you vote on the issue of the Golan? (Geocartographia, August 23-24, 1995)

Against full withdraw
63.9%
In favor of full withdraw
27.4%
Undecided
8.7%

How sympathetic are you towards the residents of the Golan? (Geocartographia, August 23-24, 1995)

Highly sympathetic
43.3%
Sympathetic
32.8%
Apathetic
16.5%
Not very sympathetic
6.4%
Not sympathetic at all
1

How do you feel about the Golan Exhibit? (Geocartographia, August 23-24, 1995)

I have heard about the Golan Exhibit
49%
I have visited the Golan Exhibit
8.4%

If you visited the Golan Exhibit, what was your reaction? (Geocartographia, August 23-24, 1995)

My visit to the exhibit considerably increased my support of the Golan issue 19%
My visit to the exhibit increased my support of the Golan issue 19%
My visit to the exhibit did not change my mind on the Golan issue 61%

Do you believe or no that the President of Syria wants to reach true peace with Israel? (Dahaf Institute, December 12-13, 1995)

Yes
46%
No
48%
No reply
6%

Are you for or against full withdrawal from the Golan in return for full peace with Syria and appropriate security  arrangements? (Dahaf Institute, December 12-13, 1995)

For
42%
Against
55%
No reply
3%

Are you for or against withdrawal from the Golan Heights in return for a full peace agreement with Syria, on the terms of the agreements which were signed with Egypt and Jordan? (Mutagim, December 3, 1995)

For
35%
Against
46%
Don't know
12%
Refuse to reply
7%