Israeli Opinion Regarding
Peace with the Palestinians

(1987-2007)

 


Israeli Opinion Regarding Peace with the Palestinians Table of Contents

See also: Polls on Unilateral Measures

May a soldier refuse an order to evacuate settlements? (INSS 2005-2007)

  2003 2004 2005 2006 2007
May
27%
24%
47%
29%
31%
May not
73%
76%
51%
71%
69%

May a soldier refuse an order to serve in the territories? (INSS 2005-2007)

  2003 2004 2005 2006 2007
May
25%
17%
30%
23%
22%
May not
75%
83%
66%
77%
78%

What is the possibily of a civil war as a result of further disengagement and evacuation of settlements? (INSS 2005-2007)

  2005 2006 2007
Little or none
52%
60%
67%
Large possibility or to a certain degree
47%
40%
33%

What is the possibility of a civil war as a result of arrangements regarding the territories? (INSS 2005-2007)

  2005 2006 2007
Little or none
50%
63%
71%
Large possibility or to a certain degree
49%
37%
29%

Should Israel institute civil rights for Israeli Arabs side by side with their civil obligations? (INSS 2005-2007, approximate numbers)

  2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007
Yes
-
-
-
-
61%
71%
73%
68%

Should Israel encourage the voluntary emigration of Arabs? (INSS 2005-2007, approximate numbers)

  2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007
Yes
-
50%
52%
58%
63%
59%
63%
66%

Should Arab parties and Arab ministers be included in the government? (INSS 2005-2007, approximate numbers)

  2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007
Yes
46%
32%
29%
32%
28%
40%
40%
38%

Should Israeli-Arabs be allowed to participate in crucial national such as the future borders of the country? (INSS 2005-2007, approximate numbers)

  2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007
Yes
36%
25%
20%
21%
18%
26%
25%
27%

Is there a political solution to the conflict? (INSS 2005-2007)

  2004 2005 2006 2007
Yes
54%
52%
48%
43%
No
32%
33%
34%
35%
Undecided
15%
15%
18%
22%

Is there a military solution to the conflict? (INSS 2005-2007)

  2004 2005 2006 2007
Yes
39%
38%
42%
40%
No
50%
50%
45%
43%
Undecided
12%
11%
13%
17%

What is the likelihood of peace, war, or terrorism in the coming years? (INSS 2005-2007, approximate numbers)

  2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007
High or medium chance of strengthening the peace between Israel and the Arab countries
72%
38%
21%
42%
25%
42%
27%
24%
High or medium chance of war between Israel and an Arab country
40%
70%
79%
37%
38%
39%
38%
77%
High or medium chances of terrorism on a large scale
-
-
-
-
-
80%
78%
80%

What do you believe is the ultimate aspiration of the Arabs? (INSS 2005-2007)

  2003 2004 2005 2006 2007
To conquer Israel and wipe out a large portion of its Jewish population
37%
33%
27%
35%
42%
To conquer the state of Israel
23%
41%
28%
29%
29%
To recover all the territories conquered by Israel in the Six Day War
29%
22%
33%
24%
21%
To recover some of the territories conquered by Israel in the Six Day War
11%
4%
11%
12%
7%

Do you believe that most Palestinians want peace? (INSS 2005-2007)

  1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007
Yes
64%
42%
46%
37%
47%
43%
56%
49%
44%

Do you think that it is possible to reach a peace agreement with the Palestinians? (INSS 2005-2007)

  2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007
Yes
44%
32%
36%
35%
39%
34%
31%
No
56%
68%
64%
65%
60%
66%
69%

Do you support a gradual transfer of the Jordan Valley to the Palestinians over the course of a few years? (INSS 2005-2007)

  2004 2005 2006 2007
Yes
20%
24%
21%
22%

Do you support allowing a limited number of Palestinian refugees to return to Israel? (INSS 2005-2007)

  2004 2005 2006 2007
Yes
14%
20%
16%
17%

Do you support giving the Temple Mount to the Palestinians, while Israel maintains control of the Wailing Wall? (INSS 2005-2007)

  2004 2005 2006 2007
Yes
30%
29%
28%
27%

Do you support transferring the Arab neighborhoods in Jerusalem to the Palestinians, except for the Old City? (INSS 2005-2007)

  2004 2005 2006 2007
Yes
36%
40%
45%
37%

Do you support giving areas to the Palestinians in return for areas remaining as part of Israel? (INSS 2005-2007)

  2004 2005 2006 2007
Yes
48%
50%
54%
46%

Do you support a Palestinian state on 95% of the West Bank and Gaza with Israel retaining the large settlement blocks? (INSS 2005-2007)

  2004 2005 2006 2007
Yes
43%
46%
45%
41%

Should the peace process be brought to a halt (even if it means another war)? (INSS 2005-2007)

  2004 2005 2006 2007
Yes
20%
23%
20%
22%
No
66%
64%
69%
62%
Undecided
14%
12%
11%
16%

Do you support the establishment of a Palestinian state? (INSS 2005-2007)

  1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993
Yes
21%
25%
26%
27%
32%
28%
25%

 

  1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000
Yes
37%
40%
45%
50%
45%
55%
53%

 

  2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007
Yes
55%
49%
59%
50%
58%
61%
65%

Should the fence have been constructed at all? (INSS 2005-2007)

  2005 2006 2007
Yes
19%
25%
22%
No
81%
75%
78%

Should the large settlements in Judaea and Samaria be included on the Israeli side of the fence (but not isolated settlements)? (INSS 2005-2007)

  2005 2006 2007
Yes
62%
60%
44%
No
37%
40%
56%

Should the fence will be constructed close to the Green Line, excluding the major portion of the settlements? (INSS 2005-2007)

  2005 2006 2007
Yes
27%
31%
34%
No
72%
69%
76%

Should the major portion of the existing settlements in Judaea and Samaria will be included on the Israeli side of the fence: (INSS 2005-2007)

  2005 2006 2007
Yes
69%
63%
53%
No
30%
37%
47%

Do you support Sharon's disengagement plan from Gaza and northern Samaria? (INSS 2005-2007)

  2004 2005 2006 2007
Yes
56%
50%
49%
36%
No
44%
49%
51%
64%

Do you support unilateral disengagement involving evacuation of the settlements? (INSS 2005-2007)

  2004 2005 2006 2007
Yes
50%
47%
51%
28%
No
50%
53%
49%
72%

Do you support returning isolated settlements on the mountain ridge of East Samaria for peace? (INSS 2005-2007, aproximate figures)

  1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007
Yes
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
64%
60%
52%

Do you support returning Western Samaria for peace? (INSS 2005-2007, aproximate figures)

  1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007
Yes
30%
30%
38%
43%
39%
41%
51%
39%
29%
41%
36%
38%
37%
28%

Do you support returning the Temple Mount (excluding the Wailing Wall) for peace? (INSS 2005-2007, aproximate figures)

  1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007
Yes
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
24%
27%
21%

Do you support returning the Arab neighborhoods of Jerusalem for peace? (INSS 2005-2007, aproximate figures)

  1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007
Yes
10%
9%
12%
20%
18%
21%
23%
51%
40%
42%
42%
44%
48%
40%

Do you support returning the Jordan Valley for peace? (INSS 2005-2007, aproximate figures)

  1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007
Yes
18%
19%
20%
20%
22%
23%
31%
18%
19%
23%
19%
25%
23%
24%

Do you support returning the Etzion block for peace? (INSS 2005-2007, aproximate figures)

  1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007
Yes
16%
18%
20%
29%
28%
31%
32%
32%
28%
27%
26%
27%
26%
23%

How would you implement your solution? (INSS 2005-2007)

  2005 2006 2007
Unilateral disengagement
29%
26%
17%
Agreement on Barak-Clinton terms
36%
39%
35%
Avoidance of any concessions in Judaea and Samaria
35%
35%
48%

What is your stance on giving land for peace? (INSS 2005-2007)

  2004 2005 2006 2007
Support major territorial concessions
25%
20%
22%
20%
Support unilateral disengagement
37%
37%
29%
18%
Neither
38%
42%
49%
62%

Threat perception for a variety of situations and scenarios (average on a 1-7 scale): (INSS 2005-2007)

  2004 2005 2006 2007
Return of territories for peace
4.1
3.58
3.7
4.2
Hamas control of the PA
-
-
5.13
4.0
Chemical and biological weapons in the hands of an enemy state
5.9
5.71
5.74
5.72
Undemocratic regime in Israel
5.4
5.46
5.36
5.36
Unilateral disengagement from the Palestinians
3.6
3.71
3.98
4.5
Nuclear weapons in the hands of Iran
6.1
5.93
5.83
6.2
Establishment of a Palestinian state
4.3
4.02
4.01
4.5
Renewal of terrorism on a large scale
5.1
5.24
5.51
5.62
War with Syria
4.5
4.46
4.51
5.3
A deep social and economic crisis in Israel
-
5.62
5.46
5.61
Corruption in the public system
-
-
-
5.74
Average threat score
4.87
4.85
4.92
5.15

The ability of Israel to cope succesfully with a variety of threats (percentage who answered affirmatively): (INSS 2005-2007)

  2004 2005 2006 2007
All-out war with all the Arab countries
62%
72%
76%
64%
War launched by Syria against Israel
96%
96%
96%
90%
Potential for an enemy state to attack Israel with biological or chemical weapons
70%
78%
79%
74%
Potential for an enemy state to attack Israel with nuclear weapons
52%
65%
66%
55%
Continuous and significant terrorist activity
84%
87%
88%
86%
A revolt by Israeli-Arabs
52%
88%
89%
90%
Internal dissent with regard to the territories and peace
85%
86%
91%
89%
A threat of surface to surface missile attacks on Israel
86%
92%
93%
90%
Social and religious divisions
72%
78%
83%
86%
America will reduce its support of Israel
53%
58%
62%
62%

In terms of the issues facing Israel, how would you rate the importance of achieving the borders of "Greater Israel"? (INSS 2005-2007)

  2004 2005 2006 2007
Most Important
10%
9%
7%
9%
Second Most Important
17%
16%
20%
20%

In terms of the issues facing Israel, how would you rate the importance of maintaing a country with a Jewish majority? (INSS 2005-2007)

  2004 2005 2006 2007
Most Important
42%
42%
54%
50%
Second Most Important
3%
22%
18%
21%

Do you support the establishment of a Palestinian state in the West Bank and Gaza? (National Security and Public Opinion Project, February-March 2007)

 
2007
2006
Support
55%
61%

Do you support the solution of "two states for two peoples?" (National Security and Public Opinion Project, February-March 2007)

 
2007
2006
Support
63%
70%

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%

Do you support the Prime Minister Sharon's unilateral separation plan as presented at the Herzliya Conference? (Israel Radio, December 24, 2003)

Total:

Yes
59%
No
22%

Vote Likud:

Yes
41%
No
38%

Does Sharon intend to implement the unilateral separation plan? (Israel Radio, December 24, 2003)

Doesn't intend to
42%
Within 2-3 years
17%
Within 1-2 years
15%
Within months
10%

Should the Migron outpost be evacuated? (Israel Radio, December 24, 2003)

Yes
54%
No
31%

Would the evacuation of the Migron outpost lead the right wing parties to leave the Government? (Israel Radio, December 24, 2003)

Yes
21%
No
57%

Vote NRP/National Union

Yes
68%

Should the right wing parties leave the Government if the Migron outpost is evacuated? (Israel Radio, December 24, 2003)

Yes
31%
No
57%

Vote NRP/National Union

Yes
85%

Do you want the Labor Party to join in a national unity government headed by Sharon if the right wing parties leave in the wake of the evacuation of the Migron outpost? (Israel Radio, December 24, 2003)

No
55%

Vote Labor/Shinui

Yes
39%
No
40%

Do you support or oppose the American position that Israel is moving too slowly in evacuating the unauthorized outposts? (Israel Radio, December 24, 2003)

Support
31%
Oppose
41%

Do you support the Government's budget being brought to the Knesset for approval next week? (IMRA: Asked before Treasury Secretary Netanyahu pulled it when he felt too many changes were being put into it in the Knesset): (Israel Radio, December 24, 2003)

Yes
20%
No
41%

Do you support the Treasury minister's plan to privatize Bank Discount and Bank Leumi by distributing options to the public? (Israel Radio, December 24, 2003)

Yes
32%
No
26%
Don't know
42%

Do you support or oppose the letter of the reserve soldiers from Sayeret Matkal (IMRA: 13 soldiers, of which 8 actually do reserve duty) refusing to serve (in the territories)? (Israel Radio, December 24, 2003)

Oppose
61%

Vote Labor/Shinui:

Oppose
61%

Is the phenomenon of refusing to serve, in general, dangerous to Israeli society? (Israel Radio, December 24, 2003)

Yes
31%
No
55%

Did the Knesset Committee make a mistake in not removing immunity from two Likud MKs suspected of crimes this week? (IMRA: MK's who voted twice in a marathon round of voting): (Israel Radio, December 24, 2003)

Yes, Mistake
62%
No
12%

In the wake of the release of the Israelis kidnapped in Columbia do you consider visiting Columbia in the future? (Israel Radio, December 24, 2003)

No
71%

Do you believe God wants Jews to fight Muslims? [Do you believe Allah wants Muslims to fight Jews?] (PORI, September 2003)

 
Israeli Jews
[Israeli Arabs]
[Palestinians]
Yes
12%
[31%]
[31%]
No
64%
[52%]
[47%]
Don't Know
18%
[15%]
[22%]
Don't Believe in God / [Allah]
7%
[2%]
[--]

First, in your opinion, which nation or people is the single greatest threat to WORLD peace? I need you to pick only one nation or people you think is the single greatest threat to WORLD peace. (PORI, September 2003)

 
Israeli Jews
Israeli Arabs
Palestinians
Iran
52%
3%
1%
Palestinians
8%
5%
1%
Iraq
7%
1%
1%
Moslems in General
6%
--
--
United States
4%
40%
36%
Syria
3%
--
--
Saudi Arabia
3%
--
1%
North Korea
3%
--
1%
Israel
2%
26%
51%
All Arab Countries
2%
--
--
China
1%
1%
1%
Other
4%
4%
2%
Don't Know/Refused
9%
22%
7%

Now think towards the future. When your children are your age, do you think there will be peace between Israelis and Palestinians? (PORI, September 2003)

 
Israeli Jews
Israeli Arabs
Palestinians
Definitely
4%
18%
3%
Probably
18%
31%
21%
Possibly
18%
15%
16%
Probably not
21%
10%
15%
Definitely Not
36%
26%
37%
Don't Know
3%
2%
8%

The Palestinians have a right to a Palestinian state. [JEWS HAVE A RIGHT TO A JEWISH STATE] (PORI, September 2003)

 
Israeli Jews
Israeli Arabs
Palestinians
Strongly agree
28%
[37%]
[19%]
Somewhat agree
39%
[32%]
[31%]
Somewhat disagree
8%
[9%]
[5%]
Strongly disagree
24%
[19%]
[33%]
Don't know
2%
[4%]
[12%]

What is your opinion of the current “Roadmap” for peace? Do you …? If you are unfamiliar with the roadmap, just say so. (PORI, September 2003)

 
Israeli Jews
Israeli Arabs
Palestinians
Strongly support
8%
27%
7%
Somewhat support
35%
31%
25%
Somewhat oppose
15%
10%
20%
Strongly oppose
15%
19%
32%
Familiar with the road map but don't have an opinion
7%
5%
7%
Unfamiliar with the road map
21%
10%
10%

When Palestinian leaders refer to "occupied territories," do you think they mean ___. (PORI, September 2003)

 
Israeli Jews
Israeli Arabs
Palestinians
All of the West Bank and Gaza Strip
17%
64%
48%
All of the West Bank, Gaza Strip, and Israel
78%
25%
37%
Something Else
5%
11%
15%

The goal of Israeli policy should be to control all of Judea and Samaria. [The goal of a Palestinian policy should be a Palestinian state that includes Tel Aviv, Haifa and Jerusalem.] (PORI, September 2003)

 
Israeli Jews
Israeli Arabs
Palestinians
Strongly agree
29%
[15%]
[21%]
Somewhat agree
19%
[17%]
[18%]
Somewhat disagree
22%
[14%]
[25%]
Strongly disagree
27%
[49%]
[27%]
Don't know
5%
[6%]
[9%]

Do you believe the final Israeli boundaries should be all of Judea and Samaria as described in the bible? (PORI, September 2003) (If yes…) Should Israel go to war against the Palestinians to achieve these boundaries?

[Do you believe the final Palestinian boundaries should include Jaffa, Haifa and all of Jerusalem? (PORI, September 2003) (If yes …) Should the Palestinians go to war against Israel to achieve these final boundaries?] (PORI, September 2003)

 
Israeli Jews
Israeli Arabs
Palestinians
Yes/Should Go to War
18%
[20%]
[25%]
Yes/Should Not Go to War
22%
[10%]
[18%]
No
55%
[64%]
[33%]
Don't Know
5%
[7%]
[24%]

If the Palestinians were to stop the terrorist attacks and give up the right of return, should Israel withdraw from all the territories, including East Jerusalem, and grant them statehood? (PORI, September 2003)

 
Israeli Jews
Israeli Arabs
Palestinians
Yes
38%
--
--
No
57%
--
--
Don't Know
4%
--
--

[If Israel were to leave all the territories, including East Jerusalem, and grant statehood to the Palestinians, should Palestinians give up the right of return?] (PORI, September 2003)

 
Israeli Jews
[Israeli Arabs]
[Palestinians]
Yes
--
[26%]
[11%]
No
--
[65%]
[80%]
Don't Know
--
[10%]
[9%]

[And if Israel were to leave all territories, including East Jerusalem, and grant statehood to the Palestinians, should Hamas and Islamic Jihad give up their armed struggle against Israel?] (PORI, September 2003)

 
Israeli Jews
Israeli Arabs
Palestinians
Yes
--
[83%]
[26%]
No
--
[13%]
[59%}
Don't Know
--
[5%]
[16%]

How would you feel if a future Palestinian state were to be governed by Sha'riah law? (PORI, September 2003)

 
Israeli Jews
Israeli Arabs
Palestinians
Very favorable
2%
32%
33%
Somewhat favorable
5%
25%
36%
Somewhat unfavorable
16%
10%
22%
Don't Know/Refused
11%
7%
7%

And what should happen to Yassir Arafat now? (PORI, September 2003)

 
Israeli Jews
Israeli Arabs
Palestinians
Israel should exile him
24%
4%
1%
He is the only legitimate Palestinian leader and should be totally free to lead
6%
58%
55%
He is a legitimate leader but Palestinians should replace him with a better leader
45%
31%
23%
Israel should kill him
20%
--
--
Don't know
5%
7%
21%

Which of the following is most important to you? (PORI, September 2003)

 
Israeli Jews
Israeli Arabs
Palestinians
Peace
47%
53%
23%
Freedom
20%
21%
29%
* Death through Kiddush Hashem / **[Shahada]
4%
[5%]
[23%]
Your Homeland
25%
21%
24%
Don't know
4%
1%
3%

*Martyrdom, dying defending one's religion or people (PORI, September 2003) **Death For Allah

Are you in favor or against the current renewal of negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians on the basis of the Road Map? (World Economic Forum, June 22, 2003)

Israeli Poll Palestinian Poll  
33.1 19.1 Strongly in favor
32.6 16.7 Somewhat in favor
10.7 13.9 Somewhat against
18.0 24.4 Strongly against
5.6 5.9 Don't know
65.7 55.8 Total in favor
28.7 38.3 Total against

Do you believe or not that both Israelis and Palestinians have the right to live in peace and security? (World Economic Forum, June 22, 2003)

Israeli Poll Palestinian Poll  
75.1 68.4 Yes
23.2 23.4 No
1.8 8.2 Don't Know

Which of the following is / are the most influential actor, in you view, in bringing peace to the region? And which of them is/are the second most influential? (World Economic Forum, June 22, 2003)

1st 2nd Total mentioned  
45.3 29.5 74.8 USA
6.8 11.1 17.9 European Union
21.4 27.6 49.0 Political leaders from the region
20.3 22.9 43.2 The people themselves
6.2 6.2 6.2 Don't know

Should Israel accelerate its efforts to achieve a peace arrangement with the Palestinians, declare all aout war on the Palestinian Authority or keep the situation as it is now? (Gallup, November 9, 2001)

Accelerate efforts 53%
All out war 26%
Keep situation as is 14%
Don't Know 7%

Do you believe that Prime Minsiter Ariel Sharon will succeed in bringing about an end to Palestinian terror activities? (Gallup, November 9, 2001)

Yes
31%
No
64%
Don't Know
5%

There is a proposal under which there is unilateral separation from the Palestinians and Israel will unilaterally withdraw from the territories in the West Bank and Gaza without signing a diplomatic agreement. Within the framework of this separation, some of the settlements will be disbanded. Likewise, a physical barrier will be set up to separate between Israel and the Palestinian areas. Do you support or oppose such a proposal? (Gallup, November 9, 2001)

Support 53%
All out war 41%
Don't Know 6%

There is another proposal, according to which Israel will sign with the Palestinians on a diplomatic agreement. Within the framework of this agreement, an independent Palestinian state will be established in Gaza, Israel will withdraw from the Gaza Strip and all the settlements located there will be taken apart. As for the future of the West Bank and the rest of the controversial matters, there will be separate negotiations betwen Israel and the Palestinian state. Do you support or oppose such proposals? (Gallup, November 9, 2001)

Support 50%
All out war 44%
Don't Know 6%


Do you support or oppose the creation of an independent Palestinian state next to Israel? (Gallup/Ma'ariv, 4/00)

Support 51%
Oppose 43%
Don't Know 6%

 

 

 

Do you think that in the coming year an independent Palestinian state will be established next to Israel? (Gallup/Ma'ariv, 4/00)

Yes 51%
No 34%
Don't Know 15%

 

 

 


For each of the following activities, to what extent is it justified or not justified to carry out these activities in order to prevent the return of areas of Judea, Samaria and Gaza, within the framework of a peace agreement with the Palestinians? (Shvakim-Panorama, October 26-27, 1997)

A. Participate in legal demonstrations against this policy?

Justified
81%
Not justified
19%

 

 

 

B. Participate in demonstrations which include blocking intersections, burning tires, etc.?

Justified
25.4%
Not justified
74.6%

 

 

 

C. Reach physical conflict with security forces in order to prevent this policy?

Justified
1.2%
Not justified
98.8%

 

 

 

D. To threaten political leaders in order to prevent this policy?

Justified
2%
Not justified
98%

 

 

 

E. To use arms in order to hurt political leaders returning land in Judea, Samaria and Gaza?

Justified
1.6%
Not justified
98.4%