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Israeli Public Opinion Polls:
Opinion Regarding Peace with the Palestinians

(2006)


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Do you support or oppose the gestures that Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert granted to Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas in their meeting? (Israel Radio, December 26, 2006)

Support
33%
Oppose
49%
Other
18%

Should Israel help Abu Mazen (Mahmoud Abbas) in his clash with Hamas? (Israel Radio’s “Its all Talk,” December 20, 2006 )

Yes
36.4%
No
50.8%
Other
12.8%

Do you prefer an interim settlement establishing a Palestinian state in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip or a peace treaty that would resolve all issues, including refugees? (Harry S. Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, December 11-16, 2006)

A peace treaty that would resolve all issues, including refugees
58%

Do you support or oppose the Quartet's Roadmap for Peace? (Harry S. Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, December 11-16, 2006)

Support
60%

If it is necessary to release Fatah-Tanzim leader Marwan Barghouti and negotiate with him in order to reach an agreement, would you support or oppose the step? (Harry S. Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, December 11-16, 2006)

Support
43%
Oppose
53%

Have you heard of the Arab League (Saudi) plan? (Harry S. Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, December 11-16, 2006)

No
47%

After being briefed, do you support or oppose the Arab League (Saudi) plan?

 
Truman Center, December, 2006
Truman Center, June 2007
Oppose
69%
59%
Support
29%
36%

When framed along President Clinton's terms, do you support the Saudi Plan? (Truman Center, June 12-20, 2007)

Yes
39%
No
52%

 

Do you support the cease-fire agreement in Gaza? (Harry S. Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, December 11-16, 2006)

Support
59%

Do you expect:(Harry S. Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, December 11-16, 2006)

Negotiations will resume soon and armed confrontations will stop
6%
Negotiations will resume accompanied by some attacks
40%
Violence will continue and negotiations will not be renewed
52%

Do you support talks with Palestinian Authority Chairman Abbas on a final status settlement? (Harry S. Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, December 11-16, 2006)

Support
68%

Do you believe that Palestinian Authority Chairman Abbas and Prime Minister Olmert will be able to reach a final status settlement? (Harry S. Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, December 11-16, 2006)

Yes
46%

Do you support negotiations with a Palestinian national unity government that includes Hamas? (Harry S. Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, December 11-16, 2006)

Support
66%

Do you believe Israel should talk to a Hamas-led government that does not include Fatah if they are needed to reach an agreement? (Harry S. Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, December 11-16, 2006)

Support
54%
Oppose
45%

Do you support or oppose a Jerusalem compromise in which the Arab neighbourhoods in Jerusalem including the old city and the Temple Mount will come under Palestinian sovereignty, the Jewish neighbourhoods including the Jewish Quarter and the Wailing Wall will come under Israeli sovereignty, East Jerusalem will become the capital of the Palestinian state and West Jerusalem the capital of Israel. (Harry S. Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, December 11-14, 2006)

  December 2006 June 2006
Support
38%
37%
Oppose
60%
60%

Do you support continuing the ceasefire in the Gaza Strip? (Israel Radio’s “Its all Talk,” December 6, 2006 )

Yes
63.4%
No
27.3%
Other
9.3%

Should Israel agree to extending the ceasefire to the West Bank? (Israel Radio’s “Its all Talk,” December 6, 2006 )

Yes
53.8%
No
34.6%
Other
11.6%

Do you support or oppose the plan of Prime Minister Olmert that includes: an arrangement in agreement with the Palestinians, based on foregoing extensive territory and the establishment of a Palestinian state with territorial contiguity in Judea and Samaria, in return for an end to terror and cancellation of the right to return? (Israel Radio’s “Its all Talk,” November 29, 2006 )

Support
47%
Oppose
41%
Other
12%

Do you support or oppose the ceasefire in the Gaza Strip? (Israel Radio, November 28, 2006)

Support
66%
Oppose
19%
Other
15%

Do you support a large scale military campaign in the Gaza Strip? (Israel Radio, November 14, 2006)

Support
51%
Oppose
22%
Other
27%

Do you have confidence in prime minister Ehud Olmert’s handling of the nuclear threat and the conflict with Iran? (Israel Radio, November 14, 2006)

Support
20%
Oppose
55%
Other
25%

Do you support or oppose a large scale military operation in the Gaza Strip? (Israel Radio, November 7, 2006)

Support
48%
Oppose
32%
Other
20%

Should Israel carry out negotiations with the Hamas-Fatah unity government? (Haaretz, September 21, 2006)

Yes
45%
No
46%
Don't know
9%

Should Israel carry out negotiations with the Hamas-Fatah unity government? (Haaretz, September 19, 2006)

Yes
45%
No
46%
Don't Know
9%

Do you agree or disagree with the assertion that the citizens of Israel should make a basic change in their relationship towards Arabs and Palestinians, and relate to them with considerably more hardness and not seek simple ways to resolve the Israeli-Arab conflict? (Maagar Mochot, September 17-22, 2006)

Agree
62%
Disagree
27%
Other
11%

What position do you identify more with: (Maagar Mochot, September 17-22, 2006)

Israel’s enemies don’t want peace with us
60%
Make peace with enemies
17%
Both to same extent
16%
Other
7%

Do you think the war in Lebanon strengthened or weakened the willingness of Palestinians to resort to armed resistance against Israel? (Harry S. Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, September 10, 2006)

Strengthened
59%
Weakened
12%
No effect
28%

What is best to do on the Palestinian front? (Yediot Ahronot, August 25, 2006)

Negotiate with Abu Mazen and Hamas
41%
Keep same as today
28%
Retake Gaza
16%
Unilateral evacuation of most settlements
9%

What should Israel do in the episode of the kidnapped soldier? (Yediot Ahronot, June 30, 2006)

Military operation
43%
Negotiate
53%
Don't know
4%

If it was clear that the MIA would be executed unless prisoners were released should Israel release prisoners? (Yediot Ahronot, June 30, 2006)

Yes
58%
No
35%
Don't know
7%

What grade do you give Olmert as prime minister? (Yediot Ahronot, June 30, 2006)

Good
53%
Bad
41%
Don't know
6%

Would it be right to kill the Palestinian Prime Minister Haniyeh? (Yediot Ahronot, June 30, 2006)

Yes
41%
No
51%
Don't know
8%

What is the main reason for the deteriorating situation in Gaza? (Yediot Ahronot, June 30, 2006)

Peretz's lack of experience
8%
The disengagement
19%
Israeli policies
22%
Rise of Hamas
43%
No reply
6%
Other replies
2%

Which policy do you prefer? (New Wave Research, May 31, 2006)

Negotiations with the Palestinian Authority with the aim of reaching a permanent status agreement
58.8%
Unilateral withdrawal from the West Bank
20%
Neither
15.2%
Don't know
6.1%

Do you support or oppose Israel conducting negotiations today with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas? (New Wave Research, May 31, 2006)

Support
68.2%
Oppose
26.7%
Don't know
5.1%

Do you support or oppose Israel conducting negotiations today with Hamas? (New Wave Research, May 31, 2006)

Support
26%
Oppose
68.8%
Don't know
5.2%

Would you support or oppose a proposal that entails Israel negotiating with Abbas as Chair of the PA, in the context of agreement with Hamas, with a national referendum being held in the PA on an agreement, if one is reached? (New Wave Research, May 31, 2006)

Support
49.1%
Oppose
38.7%
Don't know
12.2%

Would you support or oppose giving financial assistance to the PA if the Hamas government worked to end the Kassam rocket fire and attacks? (New Wave Research, May 31, 2006)

Support
46.4%
Oppose
48.4%
Don't know
5.2%

Do you believe that Israel will be able to achieve permanent borders that gain international recognition without reaching a permanent status agreement with the Palestinians? (New Wave Research, May 31, 2006)

Yes
31.2%
No
56%
Don't know
12.8%

Would you support or oppose U.S. President George Bush presenting a plan to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict? (New Wave Research, May 31, 2006)

Support
53.8%
Oppose
36.1%
Don't know
10.1%

Are you for or against the flow of funds to the Hamas administration? (Maagar Mohot [ "Brain Trust”], May 12, 2006)

For
13%
Against
67%
Don't know
20%

Liklihood that Hamas will change its basic position and recognize Israel's right to exist as a Jewish state. (Peace Index, April 3-4, 2006)

Likely
70%
Not Likely
30%

Hamas will moderate its involvement in terror attacks. (Peace Index, April 3-4, 2006)

True
75%
Not True
25%

Israel should use the targeted-killings policy even against Hamas leaders who are serving in the Palestinian government. (Peace Index, April 3-4, 2006)

Yes
55%
No
33%
Don't Know
12%

Israel should not hold political negotiations with a Hamas-led Palestinian government. (Peace Index, April 3-4, 2006)

Agree
55%
Disagree
40%
Don't Know
5%

Should Israel act unilaterally to set its final borders (the convergence plan) or continue the existing situation and wait until conditions are ripe for renewing contacts? (Peace Index, April 3-4, 2006)

Maintain the status quo for now
44%
Act Unilaterally
41&
Don't Know
15%

Should the illegal outpost Amona have been evacuated? (Yediot Ahronot, February 1, 2006)

Yes
58%
No
34%

Who is responsible for the violence that broke out during the course of the evacuation [of the illegal outpost Amona]? (Yediot Ahronot, February 1, 2006)

Settlers
57%
Army/police
16%
Both sides
10%
Olmert/government
4%

Should measures be taken against the MKs who tied to prevent the evacuation? (Yediot Ahronot, February 1, 2006)

Yes
45%
No
55%

Why did Olmert order the evacuation? (Yediot Ahronot, February 1, 2006)

Supreme court decision
43%
Political gain
49%

How should Israel act in the wake of the Hamas victory? (Yediot Ahronot, February 1, 2006)

Break contact with the Palestinians
21%
Continue dialogue with the PA
23%
Wait and see how Hamas behaves
56%

Do you think that Hamas will end the terror and recognize Israel in the wake of their victory? (Yediot Ahronot, February 1, 2006)

Yes
37%
No
61%

Is the Government of Israel to blame for the Hamas victory? (Yediot Ahronot, February 1, 2006)

Yes
42%
No
52%

Should Israel transfer to the Palestinians the duty money that it collected on their behalf? (Yediot Ahronot, February 1, 2006)

Yes
27%
No
28%
Delay in the meantime
43%

Should Israel negotiate with Hamas [not the exact question or answer wording]? (Maariv, January 27, 2006)

Yes, if the group renounces its determination to destroy Israel
40%
Yes, with no conditions attached based on the "road map" peace plan.
27%
No, Israel should cut off all contacts with the Palestinians, freeze negotiations and resume targeted killings of Hamas leaders
29%

Should Israel negotiate with Hamas [not the exact question or answer wording]? (Yediot Ahronot, January 27, 2006)

Yes
48%
No
43%

In light of Hamas's victory in the Palestinian elections, is there a need, in your view, to change the date of the Israeli elections until the situation is clearer? (Peace Index, January, 2006)

There is no need
86%
There is a need
9%
Don't Know
5%

Hamas's victory constitutes an existential danger to the state of Israel. (Peace Index, January, 2006)

Agree
55%
Disagree
38%
Don't Know
7%

Negotiations between Israel and a Hamas-led government could lead to a lasting peace agreement. (Peace Index, January, 2006)

Agree
12%
Disagree
83%
Don't Know
5%

Hamas will now moderate its involvement in terror attacks against Israel. (Peace Index, January, 2006)

Agree
46%
Disagree
45%
Don't Know
9%

Israel should determine its fate and its borders on its own by rapidly completing the building of the separation fence. (Peace Index, January, 2006)

Agree
75.5%
Disagree
18%
Don't Know
6.5%

Israel should or should not transfer to the PA the tax revenues it collects for it, as it has done so far. (Peace Index, January, 2006)

Should
22%
Should Not
69%
Don't Know
9%

 

 


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