Do you believe or not believe that in the coming years there will be peace between Israel and the Arabs? (Jews)
In general, do you consider yourself a supporter or opponent of the peace process between Israel and the Arabs?
What is your opinion on the agreement that was signed in Oslo between Israel and the PLO (Agreement of Principles)?
Do you believe or not believe that the Oslo Agreement between Israel and the PLO will bring about peace between Israel and the Palestinians in the coming years?
Do you think there will be peace between Israel and Syria in the coming years?
And what is your position regarding signing a full peace agreement with Syria in return for a full withdrawal from the Golan Heights?
What is your position regarding the carrying out of peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority?
Do you believe or not believe that negotiations between Israel and the PLO will bring about peace between Israel and the Palestinians in the coming years?
Questions from October 2003 Poll
Recently a plan for an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement known as the "Document of Geneva Understandings" was presented. Have you heard of the plan?
Asked to those who said yes:
The Document of Geneva Understandings is a peace agreement developed by a group of Members of Knesset, and public figures from the Left along with their Palestinian counterparts. There are those who maintain that every group of citizens can launch such an initiative such as the Geneva Initiative since Israel is a democracy, as long as they do not violate the law. Others assert that the management of negotiations and drafting of proposals for peace agreements is within the exclusive authority of the elected government and that such initiatives undermine the standing of the elected government, even if the action is legal.
Which of the two views do you agree more with?
I will now present to you a list of the central personalities who were involved in the Geneva initiative. For each individual to what extent they can represent Israel's national interests where 5 is excellently and 1 is not at all;
[IMRA: MK Yahalom quoted a law that termed engaging in activity to transfer land under Israeli sovereignty as "treason" subject to the death penalty.]
MK Shaul Yahalom of the NRP, claims that from the standpoint of the law, participation in the Geneva initiative was treason with a punishment of life imprisonment or the death penalty. There are those who said in response that in light of the murder of Rabin that he should not have said such a thing in public and that if participation in the "Geneva Initiative" was a violation of the law that the legal system would have already taken care of the matter.
Was it proper for MK Yahalom to say such a thing?
Base on what has been reported in the media about the "Geneva Initiative", do you support or oppose it?
To what extent does the "Geneva Initiative" have a chance of being implemented?
In light of the difficulties that the peace process
based on two states for two peoples, today there are those proposing
a binational state as the solution, namely, a state covering all of
the Land of Israel within which Jews and Palestinians have equal representation
in the central institutions of the state without any connection to the
relative sizes of the two
Is it possible to ensure the security of the Jewish population in such a binational state?
Is it possible to ensure the realization of the national identity of the Jewish population in a binational state?
[IMRA: The final outcome in Oslo was left wide open.]
In the Oslo Agreement the solution proposed to the
conflict was "two states for two peoples". There are those
who claim that if a solution cannot be found on this basis and Israeli
rule over the territories continues the Palestinians will over the course
of years turn from a minority to a majority and that, effectively, a
"binational state" will be created where
Today, which of the two solutions do you favor more: the solution of "two states for two peoples" or the solution of a "binational state"?
Do you believe that the unilateral erection of a fence,
wall or the other physical means of separation by Israel can prevent
or at least significantly reduce terror attacks?
In principle do you support the erection of the separation fence?
As you know, there is a dispute over the route of the separation fence between those who support a separation fence in accordance with the Green Line and whose who maintain that the Green Line does not have to be the exclusive element in setting the location of the fence, but instead that is should be based on security and other considerations of the Government of Israel. Which position do you agree more with?
Questions from September 2003 Poll
Do you think that the chances of advancing the peace process are greater or less with the establishment of a new Palestinian government headed by Abu Ala, who enjoys the support of Arafat, than the chances of advancing the process during the period of the previous government headed by Abu Mazen, who did not enjoy Arafat's support?
Do you support or oppose targeted killings?
[Only for those who oppose]: There are today two arguments
against targeted killing
Which position best reflects why you oppose targeted killing
Can citizens who think that the government's pollicies regarding the peace process hurt the national interests of Israel:
Protest within the framework of the law, for example: organize mass rallies and protest with a license?
Engage in nonviolent civil disobedience. For example, protest without a license, don't pay taxes, refuse to serve in the army?
Engage in violent civil disobedience. For example, physically oppose the evacuation of settlements:
Recently a notice was published signed by a group of Air Force pilot saying that for moral reasons they "refuse to take part in Air Force attacks within civilian population centers" [IMRA: Of those who signed, only 3 apparently actually still served in positions in which they might possibly receive such an order] Do you support or oppose the right of the pilots to refuse an order as part of their protest against the security policies of the government regarding the Palestinians?
Do you think that the pilots who signed the notice did so mostly out of moral considerations or due mostly to their political convictions?
What most closely defines you positions on matters of peace and security?
Of the following approaches on socio-economic matters which approach do you tend to favor more, socialist or capitalist?
If the government decides to evacuate Jewish communities in the territories within the framework of the peace process and there is a group of soldiers who declare that they refuse to participate in the evacuation would you support or oppose their refusal?
Should soldiers who refuse to carry out orders of any kind due to moral or ideological considerations be punished?
The position of the government is that Israel should not carry out negotiations with the Palestinians as long as the terror continues. In contrast there are those who claim that there is no chance that the terror will stop if there is not progress on the negotiating track and thus one should not wait for the terror to halt in order to engage in negotiations. Which position do you agree with more?
Today, three years after the start of the second "Intifada", how is Israeli society handling it?
If the current condition of violence continues for a long time which of the two societies, Israeli or Palestinian, will be able to hold on longer in terms of its internal strength?
With regards to the following three Palestinian leaders, to what extent would you say that they are terrorists or statesmen, with (1) a terrorist and (5) and statesman [(9) don't know]
Questions from August 2003 Poll
I will present to you the basics of an American peace place between Israel and the Palestinians known as the "roadmap". The principles of the program are:
In the first stage the Palestinians choose a new leadership headed by a new leader, Abu Mazen, as has already taken place. The Palestinian leadership will unequivocally declare the right of Israel to exist, and take all measures for an end to terror and violence against Israel, included ending incitement against it.
In parallel, Israel will withdraw from areas it conquered as a result of the Intifada, remove all the illegal outposts, freeze settlement construction and stop military activities against the Palestinians.
In the second stage, at the start of 2004, a Palestinian
state will be established in temporary borders. During the course of
the year the Israelis and Palestinians would carry out negotiations
for a final agreement, that would include the resolution of central
issues such as the status of Jerusalem, the right of return of Palestinian
refugees and the establishment
After the two stages, the goal is to reach an overall and final solution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in 2005.
Do you support or oppose the plan under this framework?
The peace index project was conducted by the Tami Steinmetz Research Institute for Peace at Tel Aviv University, headed by Prof. Ephraim Ya'ar and Dr. Tamar Hermann.