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Israeli Public Opinion Polls:
Opinion Regarding Peace with the Palestinians

(2005)


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(Peace Index: December 2005, The Evens Program in Mediation and Conflict Resolution and The Tami Steinmetz Center for Peace Research by Professors Ephraim Yaar and Tamar Hermann)

The Palestinian Authority are making no real effort to prevent Qassam fire from Gaza 81%
Believe that even if Israel makes gestures to the Abu Mazen government to strengthen it, like removing closures and checkpoints, the chaos on the Palestinian side will not diminish 73%
Agree with the assessment that most Palestinians have not accepted Israel's existence and would annihilate it if they could 63%
Think that the immediate demand to strengthen Israel's retaliatory policy is too weak 68%
See the policy as appropriate 18%
Think it is too strong 5%
Support peace negotiations in principle with the Palestinian Authority 73%
Favor an independent Palestinian state 67%
Favor a Palestinian state among those who say the Palestinians have not accepted Israel's existence 60%
Among those who view Israel's retaliatory policy as too weak, believe that that there should be a Palestinian state 62.5%
Think that the unilateral disengagement from Gaza has proved to be the right step in terms of Israel's overall national interest 55.5%
Think otherwise 38%
Have no opinion 6.5%
Among those who think the disengagement was a mistake, believe Israel's retaliatory policy is too weak 82%
Among those who think the disengagement was a wise decision, believe Israel's retaliatory policy is too weak 59%
If the stable Palestinian government is established after the upcoming elections, favor a return to the negotiating table with the goal of reaching a permanent settlement 61%
In favor of leaving the existing situation as it is without a further withdrawal 16%
Support a unilateral initiative to evacuate the West Bank settlements, in keeping with Israel's security concerns 8.5%
If after the elections a stable Palestinian government does not emerge,...prefer to leave the situation as it is 35%
...prefer to return to the negotiating table and trying to reach a permanent settlement 31%
...prefer a unilateral withdrawal 16%
Support the idea of an exchange of territories in the context of a permanent agreement, with the large settlement blocs remaining in Israel's hands and rule over the Triangle being transferred to the PA, including large Arab population centers such as Umm al-Fahm 48%*
Oppose this plan 37%*
If the Arab citizens of Israel who live in the Triangle oppose the transfer of their communities to Palestinian sovereignty, nonetheless favor the territorial exchange 33%
In this case would oppose the transfer 45%
No opinion on this matter 21%
Among those who favor the exchange of territory, and would do so even against the wishes of the Arab citizens who live there 58%

 

In the context of a peace agreement, Israel must not give the Palestinians the territories that topographically dominate Ben-Gurion airport. (Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs's Defensible Borders Project, December 30, 2005)

Agree
97%
Disagree
3%

As part of a peace agreement with the Palestinians, Israel should be willing to pass the Temple Mount to international control, as long as it maintains control of the Western Wall. . (Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs's Defensible Borders Project, December 30, 2005)

Agree
53%
Disagree
47%

Do you believe a peace accord with the Palestinians is possible? [not the exact question or answer wording] (Geneva Institute , December 2005)

August 2005
December 2005
Yes
42%
46%

Do you support the Geneva Accord? [not the exact question or answer wording] (Geneva Institute , December 2005)

December 2004
December 2005
Yes
26%
30%

Should the next Israeli government [not the exact question or answer wording] (Geneva Institute , December 2005)

Negotiate for a permanent agreement with the Palestinian Authority
62%
Implement another unilateral pullout
15%
Neither
18%

Do you think that Israel should continue in the coming years to evacuate additional communities in Judea and Samaria or the disengagement was enough and no more communities should be evacuated until the final agreement? (Maariv, October 14, 2005)

Continue evacuating
28%
No more evacuations
68%

Do you support the Government decision to release 400 Palestinians terrorists who do not have “blood on their hands?” (Israel Radio's "Another Matter" program, June 1, 2005)

Yes
34.8%
No
47.1%
Other
18.1%

What do you think is the main reason that Egypt has volunteered to act against the smuggling of weapons to the areas of the Gaza Strip? (Israel Radio's "Another Matter" program, June 1, 2005)

Improve Egypt's stand in the Arab world
11.0%
Weaken Israel by ignoring weapons that are smuggled in order to be used against Israel
39.1%
Stop the strengthening of the Palestinians that may also threaten the Egyptian regime
15.8%
Don't know
34.1%

If you could reach an ideal solution at the push of a button to the Israeli-Palestinian dispute what would you choose? (Yediot Ahronot, May 11, 2005)

Expel the Arabs
20.2%
Peace with dialogue
18.9%
Two separate states
11.9%
There is no ideal solution
10.4%
Other
38.6%

In light of the Bush-Sharon meeting, do you think that the president of the United States supports or opposes the annexation of the large settlement blocs, including Maaleh Adumim and Ariel? (Israel Radio's "Another Matter" program, April 13, 2005)

Supports
28.8%
Oppose
32.5%
Other
38.7%

Opponents of the disengagement maintain that Prime Minster Sharon has effectively conceded the large settlement blocs. Do you agree? (Israel Radio's "Another Matter" program, April 13, 2005)

Yes
29.4%
No
56.3%
Other
14.3%

Does Abu Mazen want to disarm the terror organizations? (Israel Radio's "Another Matter" program, April 13, 2005)

Yes
21.6%
No
45.5%
Other
32.9%

Can Abu Mazen disarm the terror organizations? (Israel Radio's "Another Matter" program, April 13, 2005)

Yes
28.5%
No
51.8%
Other
18.7%

Are you for or against continuing construction in the Israeli settlement blocs in Judea and Samaria, for example in Maaleh Adumim? (Israel Radio's "Another Matter" program, April 6, 2005)

For
49%
Against
44%
Other
7%

What do you think should be done with the illegal outposts in the territories? (Teleseker - for Maariv, March 18, 2005)

Immediately evacuate
40%
Evacuate after disengagement
31%
Don't evacuate
20%

The prime minister declared this week in the wake of the shooting of soldiers near the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron that Jews will continue to live in Hebron. In our opinion, will the prime minister remain loyal to his declaration? (Israel Radio's "Another Matter" program, March 9, 2005)

Yes
33%
No
46%
Other
21%

Do you support or oppose transferring security responsibility for Jericho and Tulkarem to the Palestinians? (Israel Radio's "Another Matter" program, March 9, 2005)

For
60%
Against
29%
Other
11%

Sharon spoke before the elections about "painful concessions". Did you understand that this meant removing settlements? (Yediot Ahronot, March 4, 2005)

Yes
62%
No
27%

If the disengagement succeeds will Sharon evacuate more settlements? (Yediot Ahronot, March 4, 2005)

Yes
71%
No
19%

In light of the Sharm el-Sheikh Summit yesterday, did the intifada end? (Israel Radio's "Another Matter" program, February 10, 2005)

Yes
10%
No
66%
Other
24%

After the Sharm el-Sheikh Summit do you support or oppose the release of Palestinians "with blood on their hands" within the framework of advancing the diplomatic process between Israel and the Palestinians? (Israel Radio's "Another Matter" program, February 10, 2005)

For
21%
Against
71%
Other
8%

The Labor Party entered the coalition a month ago. Did the Labor Party have an impact on the Government? (Israel Radio's "Another Matter" program, February 10, 2005)

Yes
31%
No
49%
Other
20%

Should Palestinian prisoners, including those who murdered Israelis ("blood on their hands") be released? (Yediot Ahronot, February 8, 2005)

Can release those with blood on their hands if they are old or sick
21%
Release prisoners, not those with blood on their hands
46%
Don't release anyone
31%

Is Israel on the way to a period of security calm? (Yediot Ahronot, February 8, 2005)

Considerably optimistic
48%
Very optimistic
13%
Very pessimistic
14%
Considerably pessimistic
23%

Abu Mazen declared that he intends to bring an end to the attacks. Do you believe him? (Yediot Ahronot, February 8, 2005)

Tend to
36%
Believe him
24%
No
27%
Tend not to
10%

Do you support or oppose transferring responsibility for security in the cities of Judea and Samaria to the Palestinian Authority? (Israel Radio's "Another Matter" program, February 2, 2005)

Yes
46.3%
No
44.4%
Other
9.3%

Do you think that the Palestinian terror organizations will exploit the current "hudna" period to arm and organize against Israel? (Israel Radio's "Another Matter" program, January 26, 2005)

Yes
70%
No
15%
Other
15%

Should Israel restrain itself or respond to fire from the Gaza Strip as long as Abu Mazen acts to achieve quiet? (Israel Radio's "Another Matter" program, January 26, 2005)

Restraint
38%
Respond
56%
Other
6%

Are you for or against the upcoming meeting between Ariel Sharon and Abu Mazen? (Israel Radio's "Another Matter" program, January 26, 2005)

For
79%
Against
14%
Other
7%

Do you think that the Palestinian terror organizations will exploit the current "hudna" period to arm and organize against Israel? (Israel Radio's "Another Matter" program, January 26, 2005)

Yes
70%
No
15%
Other
15%

Should Israel give Abu Mazen a chance to handle the security situation in Gaza before the IDF launches a military campaign? (Israeli television program "Reshet in the Morning" program, January 20, 2005)

Yes
70%
No
25%
Other
5%

Do you think that Abu Mazen really wants to bring calm to Gaza? (Israeli television program "Reshet in the Morning" program, January 20, 2005)

Yes
58%
No
28%
Other
14%

Do you think that Abu Mazen really can bring calm to Gaza? (Israeli television program "Reshet in the Morning" program, January 20, 2005)

Yes
31%
No
51%
Other
18%

Do you think that Israel has today abandoned the residents of Sderot? (Israeli television program "Reshet in the Morning" program, January 20, 2005)

Yes
37%
No
47%
Other
16%

 


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