Israeli Opinion Regarding
Peace with the Palestinians

(2008)


Israeli Opinion Regarding Peace with the Palestinians Table of Contents

See also: Polls on Unilateral Measures

Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? "In reality, most of the Palestinians do not accept the existence of the State of Israel and would destroy it if they could, despite the fact that the PLO leadership is conducting peace negotiations with Israel." (B.I. Cohen Institute of Tel Aviv University, December 1-3, 2008)

Agree
63%
Disagree
20%

In the framework of a peace agreement with the Palestinians, could Israel allow itself to agree to an independent Palestinian state's creation? (B.I. Cohen Institute of Tel Aviv University, December 1-3, 2008)

Yes
53%
No
38%

Do you see the Palestinians' claim to an independent state of their own as justified? (B.I. Cohen Institute of Tel Aviv University, December 1-3, 2008)

Justified
61%
Unjustified
35%

Do you support the establishment of a permanent independent Palestinian state? (B.I. Cohen Institute of Tel Aviv University, December 1-3, 2008)

Support
58%
Oppose
36%

Do you support or oppose talks with a national unity government composed jointly of Hamas and Fatah if such a government is reestablished? (Harry Truman Research Institute/PCPSR)

Support
65%
Oppose
32%

Do you support or oppose talks with Hamas if needed to reach a compromise agreement with the Palestinians? (Harry Truman Research Institute/PCPSR)

 
June 5-7, 2008
August 25-September 1, 2008
Support
47%
57%
Oppose
51%
42%

Do you support or oppose the Saudi initiative which calls for Arab recognition and normalization of relations with Israel after it ends its occupation of Arab territories occupied in 1967 and after the establishment of a Palestinian state? (Harry Truman Research Institute/PCPSR, August 25- September 1, 2008)

Support
38%
Oppose
59%

Do you support or oppose the mutual recognition of Israel as a state for the Jewish people and Palestine as a state for the Palestinian people as part of a permanent status agreement? (Harry Truman Research Institute/PCPSR, August 25- September 1, 2008)

Support
71%
Oppose
25%

What is the best solution to the conflict: a one-state or two-state solution? (Harry Truman Research Institute/PCPSR, August 25- September 1, 2008)

Two-state solution (an independent state for Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza and Israel for the Israelis)
79%
One-state (for both Palestinians and Israelis)
11%

Do you support the release of Marwan Barghouti from an Israeli prison in return for the release of Gilad Shalit? (Harry Truman Research Institute/PCPSR, August 25- September 1, 2008)

Yes
78%
No
16%

Do you support the release of Marwan Barghouti from an Israeli prison if needed in order to negotiate a compromise agreement with the Palestinians? (Harry Truman Research Institute/PCPSR, August 25- September 1, 2008)

Yes
45%
No
50%

Are you for or against Israel conducting final status negotiations with the Palestinians (Mahmoud Abbas)? (MarketWatch, July 25, 2008)

For
60%
Against
35%
Undecided
5%

Are you for or against Israel conducting negotiations with Hamas? (MarketWatch, July 25, 2008)

For
43%
Against
55%
Undecided
3%

In your opinion, is Mahmoud Abbas a partner who should not be missed or would it be better to wait for the next leader? (MarketWatch, July 25, 2008)

Should not be missed
47%
Wait for the next leader
35%
Undecided
17%

In your opinion, does Ehud Olmert have the legitimacy to advance negotiations, or would it be better to wait for the next leader? (MarketWatch, July 25, 2008)

Has the legitimacy
34%
Wait for the next leader
59%
Undecided
7%

Do you believe or do you not believe a permanent status agreement can be reached with the Palestinians? (MarketWatch, July 25, 2008)

Believe
34%
Don't believe
62%
Undecided
4%

Would you support or oppose an agreement with the following articles (Geneva Accord): An almost complete withdrawal to the '67 borders, excluding some settlement blocks in return for which uninhabited areas will be handed over Jewish neighborhoods in Jewish neighborhoods in East Jerusalem will be under Israeli sovereignty and Arab neighborhoods under Palestinian sovereignty. The Jewish Quarter and the Wailing Wall will be under Israeli sovereignty, the Temple Mount and the Arab Quarter in the Old City under Palestinian sovereignty. A demilitarized Palestinian state and the establishment of comprehensive security arrangements to protect Israel The return of the refugees to the Palestinian state and the limited admission of refugees into Israel based on Israel's exclusive judgement. A mutual announcement by Israel and and the Palestinians on the end of conflict and end of all claims. (MarketWatch, July 25, 2008)

Support
49%
Oppose
37%
Undecided
13%

Should the current situation continue with no political progress opposite the Palestinians, would it be good or bad for Israel in your opinion? (MarketWatch, July 25, 2008)

Good for Israel
19%
Bad for Israel
74%
Undecided
7%

Should Mahmoud Abbas and Hamas form a Palestinian unity government, would this increase, decrease or have no effect on the chances of arrving at an agreement with the Palestinians? (MarketWatch, July 25, 2008)

Increase
27%
Decrease
30%
Have no effect
35%
Undecided
8%

If the current situation were to continue with no significant political progress, what do you think would happen? (MarketWatch, July 25, 2008)

Terrorism and acts of violence would increase
56%
There would be no change in the levels of terrorism and violence
31%
Terrorism and acts of violence would decrease
7%
Undecided
7%

If the current situation were to continue with no significant political progress, what do you think would happen in the balance of power between Hamas and Fatah? (MarketWatch, July 25, 2008)

Hamas would take over the West Bank
37%
There would be no change - Hamas would rule in Gaza and Fatah in the West Bank
33%
Fatah and Abbas would regain control of Gaza
10%
Undecided
20%

There are those who claim that in a situation with no significant progress, Israel could turn into a binational state, meaning that the Palestinians would relinquish their demand for a state and instead demand to live in Israel as citizens. In such a situation, two nations would live within the borders of Israel. In your opinion could a situation like this come about or not? (MarketWatch, July 25, 2008)

Could come about
26%
Could not come about
71%
Undecided
3%

Which situation do you view as preferable? (MarketWatch, July 25, 2008)

The establishment of a Palestinian state alongside Israel, meaning two states for two peoples
74%
The establishment of a binational state, meaning one state for two peoples
14%
Neither
9%
Undecided
3%

Do you support or oppose increasing U.S. involvement in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process? (MarketWatch, July 25, 2008)

Agree
56%
Disagree
41%

Do you agree or disagree with the assertion that Jerusalem, for all intents and purposes is already divided in two. (War and Peace Index, July 2008)

 
August 2005
July 2008
Support
47%
73%
Oppose
45%
23%
Undecided
8%
4%

What are the chances a Palestinian state will be established within the next five years? (Harry S. Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace and the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research, May 27-June 5, 2008)

Fair-High
28%
Weak-Non-existent
69%

Are you in favor or not in favor of Jerusalem's status being dicussed in the framework of negotiations for peace with the Palestinians? (Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies, April 2008)

In favor, possible in favor
33%
Not in favor
62%

Do you favor or oppose holding negotiations with the Palestinian Authority? (The Tami Steinmetz Center for Peace Research, Peace Index - April 2008)

Favor
57%
Oppose
34%

Do you support or oppose the formula of “two states for two peoples”? (The Tami Steinmetz Center for Peace Research, Peace Index - April 2008)

Support
70%
Oppose
25%

Are you willing to see the Arab neighborhoods of Jerusalem handed over to Palestinian sovereignty? (The Tami Steinmetz Center for Peace Research, Peace Index - April 2008)

Yes
40%
No
55%

Do you see the West Bank as “liberated territory” or “occupied territory”? (The Tami Steinmetz Center for Peace Research, Peace Index - March 2008)

“Liberated territory ”
55%
“Occupied territory ”
32%

Should the Green Line be considered the future border between Israel and the Palestinians or should a new borderline be established where most of the settlements will be on the Israeli side and large Israeli Arab communities would move to the Palestinian side? (The Tami Steinmetz Center for Peace Research, Peace Index - March 2008)

Green Line
23%
New border
57%

Do you support the unofficial ceasefire between Israel and Hamas? (Shvakim Panorama for Israel Radio's "It's All Talk," March 13, 2008)

Yes
67.5%
No
25.8%
Don't know
6.8%

How long do you think the ceasefire with Hamas will last? (Shvakim Panorama for Israel Radio's "It's All Talk," March 13, 2008)

Days
47.0%
Weeks
20.3%
Months
12.7%
Don't know
20.1%

Within the framework of negotiations with the Palestinians should the matter of Jerusalem be discussed now or should the matter of Jerusalem be postponed to then end of negotiations? (Maagar Mohot Survey Institute for Israel Radio's "It's All Talk," February 20, 2008)

Now
22%
Postpone
26%
Don't negotiate at all and other replies
52%

Do you support a compromise on the matter of Jerusalem within the framework of a peace agreement with the Palestinians? (Maagar Mohot Survey Institute for Israel Radio's "It's All Talk," February 20, 2008)

Support
26%
Oppose
58%
Other replies
16%

Do you support a large land operation of the IDF in the Gaza Strip or a continuation of the current policy? (Maagar Mohot Survey Institute for Israel Radio's "It's All Talk," January 16, 2008)

Large operation
51%
Current policy
19%
Other replies
30%

Do you support or oppose an Israeli withdrawal to the 1967 borders as a condition of peace with the Palestinians? (B'nai Brith, January 10, 2008)

Support
26%
Oppose
66%

Do you support a divided Jerusalem that serves as both an Israeli and Palestinian capital in the terms of a peace agreement or must Jerusalem remain united under Israeli rule? (B'nai Brith, January 10, 2008)

Support dividing Jerusalem
29%
Support for united Jerusalem under Israeli rule
68%

Do you think that the Bush visit will succeed in advancing negotiations with the Palestinians? (Yediot Ahronot, January 10, 2008)

No
77%
Yes
21%
No reply
2%

Will the Bush visit advance the diplomatic talks with the Palestinians? (Maagar Mohot Survey Institute for Israel Radio's "It's All Talk," January 9, 2008)

No
50%
Yes
36%
Other
14%

There are those who say that in order to achieve Peace with the Palestinians, Israel must return to its 1967 borders.  This would entail withdrawing from Judea and Samaria as well as East Jerusalem, including removal of any Israeli presence.  Do you support or oppose Israel withdrawing to 1967 borders in order to achieve Peace with the Palestinians? (Keevoon, January 7, 2008)

Oppose withdrawal to 1967 borders
66%
Support withdrawal to 1967 borders
26%

Jerusalem is the capital of Israel.  The Palestinian Authority has demanded that the capital of any future Palestinian State be East Jerusalem. Do you think that Jerusalem should remain the united capital of Israel or that it should be divided and be both the capital of Israel and a future Palestinian State?(Keevoon, January 7, 2008)

Jerusalem should remain the unified capital of Israel
68%
Jerusalem should be divided and become the capital of Israel and a future Palestinian state
29%

: