Israeli Opinion Regarding
Peace with the Palestinians

(2009)


Israeli Opinion Regarding Peace with the Palestinians Table of Contents

See also: Polls on Unilateral Measures

What is your opinion of peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority? (War & Peace Index)

 
February 2009
October 2009
December 2009
Support negotiations
69.1%
77.6%
73.7%
Oppose negotiations
25.7%
18.6%
20.1%
No opinion/I don't know
5.2%
3.8%
6.1%

Do you or do you not believe that negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority will lead to an eventual peace between Israel and the Palestinians? (War & Peace Index)

 
February 2009
October 2009
December 2009
Believe negotiations will lead to peace
34.4%
38.2%
35.1%
Do not believe negotiations will lead to peace
63.7%
58.9%
61.9%
No opinion/I don't know
1.8%
2.9%
3%

Which of the following is most likely to happen in the coming year that has just begun? (War & Peace Index, December 2009)

Another round of violence between the Israelis and the Palestinians

12.6%
Significant progress will be made in peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority
21.8%
The current situation will continue
55.1%
Other
1.7%
No opinion/I don't know
8.9%

Do you support or oppose American pressure on both sides to promote the peace process? (War & Peace Index, December 2009)

Support

46.9%
Oppose
45.1%
No opinion/I don't know
8%

Do you that chances for the establishment of an independent Palestinian State next to the State of Israel in the next five years are 'non-existent or low' or 'medium or high'? (Truman Research Institute/PCPSR)

 
March 2009
December 2009
Non-existent or low
60%
66%
Medium or high
37%
30%

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

 
March 2009
August 2009
December 2009
Support
50%
52%
53%
Oppose
48%
44%
42%

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

 
March 2009
August 2009
December 2009
Support
69%
66%
66%
Oppose
27%
30%
27%

Do you currently think it is possible for Israel and the Palestinians to reach a final status settlement? (Truman Institute/PCPSR, December 2009)

Possible
32%
Impossible
65%

Which of the following is the best solution to the conflict? (Truman Institute/PCPSR, December 2009)

Two-state solution: the establishment of a Palestinian state alongside Israel
73%
One state shared by Palestinians and Israelis in all the area west of the Jordan River
9%

Do you support or oppose the proposal that after the establishment of an independent Palestinian state and the settlement of all issues in dispute, including the refugees and Jerusalem issues, there will be a mutual recognition of Israel as a state of the Jewish people and Palestine as the state of the Palestinian people? (Truman Research Institute/PCPSR)

 
August 2009
December 2009
Support
64%
57%
Oppose
31%
35%

Do you support or oppose the Saudi Peace Initiative? (Truman Institute/PCPSR)

 
March 2009
June 2009
August 2009
December 2009
Support
33%
36%
40%
36%
Oppose
64%
56%
54%
57%

Do you agree or disagree with the following statement: "In light of the efforts taken by the Palestinians to condemn Israel in the wake of the Goldstone Report, Israel has no partner today for final status negotiations." (Maagar Mohot, Oct. 28- Nov. 1, 2009)*

Agree
50%
So-so
14%
Disagree
29%
Don't know, other replies
7%
*asked only to Israeli Jews

Do you agree or disagree with the following statement: "In light of the efforts taken by the Palestinians to condemn Israel in the wake of the Goldstone Report, Israel should not engage in final status negotiations with the PA." (Maagar Mohot, Oct. 28- Nov. 1, 2009)*

Agree
37%
So-so
17%
Disagree
39%
Don't know, other replies
7%
*asked only to Israeli Jews

Some claim that if Israel were to withdraw to the 1967 lines, including leaving the Golan, it would enjoy peace for generations since the Arabs would no longer have an claims against Israel. Do you think that is a reasonable/correct assessment or a naive/simplistic view? (Maagar Mohot, Oct. 28- Nov. 1, 2009)*

Reasonable and correct assessment
10%
Naive and simplistic view
80%
Don't know, other replies
10%
*asked only to Israeli Jews

Do you agree or disagree with the following statement: "It will take a great amount of time for the Arabs to recognize that we are a permanent presence in the Middle East and not a passing phenomenon. Until then, it is impossible to reach a permanent peace with the Arabs. " (Maagar Mohot, Oct. 28- Nov. 1, 2009)*

Agree
38%
So-so
15%
Disagree
29%
Don't know, other replies
18%
*asked only to Israeli Jews

Do you agree or disagree with the following statement: "The security risks Israel would face if Egyptian and Jordanian security forces were deployed in the Gaza Strip and West Bank are greater than any possible benefit from such an arrangement. " (Maagar Mohot, Oct. 28- Nov. 1, 2009)*

Agree
38%
So-so
15%
Disagree
29%
Don't know, other replies
18%
*asked only to Israeli Jews

President Shimon Peres proposes that the Palestinians form a sovereign Palestinian state without having to first reach an agreement with Israel on final status issues. Which of the following views do you most agree with? (Maagar Mohot, Nov. 1, 2009)*

Creating a sovereign Palestinian state before an agreement is reached with Israel will promote peace and stability.
23%
Creating a sovereign state when there are still open disputes with Israel will promote instability and increase the ability of the Palestinians to threaten Israel's security.
45%
Don't know, other replies
32%
*asked only to Israeli Jews, sample size 53

Do you accept or reject yielding to American pressure to accept and implement the Arab (Saudi) Peace Initiative? (Truman Institute/PCPSR)

 
December 2008
August 2009
Accept
44%
40%
Reject
50%
52%

Follow up: What do you believe the other side's response to such pressure would be? (Truman Institute/PCPSR)

 
December 2008
August 2009
The Palestinians will accept such pressure
48%
58%
The Palestinians will reject such pressure

39%

29%

In light of the resolutions taken by Fatah's Sixth Congress, do you believe Israel has a partner for peace negotiations? (Truman Institute/PCPSR, August 2009)

Israel has a partner for peace negotiations
27%
Israel does not have a partner for peace negotiations
59%

On final status options for Israel and Palestine (OneVoice Movement, April 22, 2009)

 
Essential
Desirable
Acceptable
Tolerable
Unacceptable
1. One shared state - Bi-national federal state in which Israelis and Palestinians share power
7%
6%
11%
8%
66%
2. Two state solution - Two states for two peoples: Israel and Palestine
32%
13%
16%
17%
21%
3. Political status quo with economic development of Palestinian/the West Bank/Gaza (territories)
27%
18%
12%
14%
24%
4. Confederation between West Bank and Jordan and between Gaza and Egypt
19%
20%
15%
17%
21%
5. Greater Israel - A Jewish state from the Jordanian border to the sea
17%
10%
11%
8%
47%

Do you support or oppose return to Palestinian-Israeli final status negotiations before cessation of Palestinian violence? (Truman Research Institute/PCPSR, March 1-7, 2009)

Support
40%
Oppose
58%

Do you believe the new Israeli government will succeed to lead Israel to a final status settlement with the Palestinians? (Truman Research Institute/PCPSR, March 1-7, 2009)

Yes
18%
No
70%

Do you support or oppose the renewal of the cease fire with Hamas in Gaza? (Truman Research Institute/PCPSR, March 1-7, 2009)

Support
48%
Oppose
47%

Do you think Israel should or should not negotiate with Hamas? (War & Peace Index - February 2009)

Support negotiations
45.2%
Oppose negotiations
50.7%
No opinion/I don't know
4.2%