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Attitudes on Relationships Between Jews & Arabs


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I would prefer not live next door to a Palestinian / [Jew] / {Israeli}. (PORI, September 2003)

  Israeli Jews Israeli Arabs Palestinians
Strongly Agree
54%
[24%]
(33%}
Somewhat Agree
16%
[16%]
{17%}
Somewhat Disagree
14%
[17%]
{22%}
Strongly Disagree
14%
[42%]
{23%}
Don't Know
2%
[2%]
{6%}

Questions asked only of Palestinians

Five to ten years from now, how do you see relations between Palestinians and Israelis? (Source: PSR, July 2000)

  Total (7/00) Total (7/01) West Bank (7/00) West Bank (7/01) Gaza Strip (7/00) Gaza Strip (7/01)

1) As they are now

17.0

17.5

16.1

2) More peace and cooperation

23.7

11.1

22.2

12.1

26.1

9.5

3) Less peace and cooperation

14.5

22.4

12.2

23.5

18.2

20.6

4) Conflict and violence

31.4

58.5

34.5

54.4

26.6

65.0

5) Others (Specify ------ )

13.4

8.0

13.6

10.0

13.0

5.0

After reaching a peace agreement between the Palestinian side and Israel and the establishment of a Palestinian state that is recognized by Israel, would you, under these conditions of peace, invite an Israeli colleague to visit you in your home? (Source: PSR)

  Total (7/00) Total (7/01) Total (12/01) Total (5/02) Total (8/02) Total (11/02)

1. Definitely yes

6.8
4.6

6.1

3.8
6.5
5.5

2. Yes

34.3
22.5

30.5

28.6
30.5
31.5

3. No

33.9
31.8

38.3

38.4
37.0
39.3

4. Definitely no

23.1
39.0

24.0

27.1
25.0
22.1

5. Don稚 Know

1.9
2.1

1.0

2.1
0.9
1.6

After reaching a peace agreement between the Palestinian side and Israel and the establishment of a Palestinian state that is recognized by Israel, would you, under these conditions of peace, visit an Israeli colleague in his home? (Source: PSR)

  Total (7/00) Total (7/01) Total (12/01) Total (5/02)

Total (8/02)

Total (11/02)

1. Definitely yes

6.8
5.2

5.9

3.9
6.8
5.8

2. Yes

34.3
22.5

29.5

27.2
28.6
31.4

3. No

34.0
31.6

37.5

39.6
38.8
41.0

4. Definitely no

23.2
39.5

25.8

27.3
24.8
20.3

5. Don稚 Know

1.8
1.5

1.3

2.0
1.0
1.4

Joint poll questions asked of Palestinians and Israelis

Would you mind an Israeli (Palestinian) to be your personal friend? (Source: JMCC/Steinmetz Poll, December 1997)

PA PA  
Palestinian Area
PA   PA PA  
Total (12/97)
Total (2/99) Palestinian Total (12/00)
West Bank  (12/97)
West Bank (2/99) West Bank (12/00)
Gaza Strip (12/97)
Gaza Strip (2/99) Gaza Strip (12/00)
Yes
50.8% 
51.1
75.3
44.9%
45.9
70.5
61.8%
61.4
83.6
No
46.7%
44.4
21.8
52.4%
49.1
26.9
36.1%
35.9
13.0
No answer 
2.5%
4.1
2.9
2.7%
5.0
2.6
2.0%
2.7
3.4

If a peace settlement is reached between the Israelis and the Palestinians in the future, would you still have a problem taking an Israeli (Palestinians) as a friend? (Source: JMCC/Steinmetz Poll, December 1997)

Palestinian Authority PA  
Palestinian Area
PA   PA PA  
Total (12/97)
Total (2/99) Palestinian Total (12/00)
West Bank  (12/97)
West Bank (2/99) West Bank (12/00)
Gaza Strip (12/97)
Gaza Strip (2/99) Gaza Strip (12/00)
Yes
75.7% 
77.2
82.1
78.0%
74.1
77.2
72.8%
81.1
89.1
No
20.4%
16.3
15.5
17.7%
18.4
19.6
24.1%
13.7
9.5
No answer 
3.9%
6.5
2.4
4.3%
7.5
3.2
3.1%
5.2
1.4

Did you have in the past, or do you have today any personal or business relationships with Israeli (Palestinian) civilians. (Source: JMCC/Steinmetz Poll, December 1997) 

 
Palestinian Area
PA
Total (12/97)
Total (2/99)
West Bank  (12/97)
West Bank (2/99)
Gaza Strip (12/97)
Gaza Strip (2/99)
Yes
22.1% 
25.7
23.7%
27.7
19.2%
22.3
No
77.6%
74.0
76.1%
71.9
80.3%
77.7
No answer
0.3%
0.3
0.2%
0.4
0.5%
0.0

How would you describe these relations? (Source: JMCC/Steinmetz Poll, December 1997) 

 
Palestinian Area
 
Total (12/97)
Total (2/99)
West Bank  (12/97)
West Bank (2/99)
Gaza Strip (12/97)
Gaza Strip (2/99)
Total (12/97)
Total (2/99)
Pleasant relationships 
53.4% 
46.3%
51.1%
51.2%
58.8%
35.7
71.7%
73.4
Unpleasant relationships 
7.6%
13.3%
7.1%
11.4%
8.8%
17.3
3.6%
4.1
Sometimes pleasant, sometime unpleasant 
37.4%
37.9%
39.6%
35.5%
32.4%
42.9
22.9%
21.7
Don't Know/No answer
1.6%
2.5%
2.2%
1.9%
0.0%
4.1
2.2%
0.8

What is your opinion about the following statement: In order to strengthen the support for peace among the Israelis and Palestinians the relationships between the two people should be depended in all areas. (Source: JMCC/Steinmetz Poll, December 1997)  

Palestinian Area
Total
West Bank 
Gaza Strip
Total 
Strongly agree
9.9% 
7.0%
15.1%
38.3%
Agree
55.4%
58.8%
49.3%
38.7%
Disagree
21.7%
22.1%
20.9%
11.5%
Strongly disagree 
9.1%
7.2%
12.7%
6.3%
No answer 
3.9%
4.9%
2.0%
5.3%

What about if a Palestinian state is estabished, would you still say that the relationship between the two peoples should not be strengthened? (Source: JMCC/Steinmetz Poll, December 1997)

Palestinian Area
Total
West Bank 
Gaza Strip
Yes
69.3% 
66.2%
74.3%
No
26.8%
29.8%
22.1%
No answer 
3.9%
4.0%
3.6%

Now I am going to show you a list of characteristics that could be used to describe the Israelis (Palestinians), using the following scale (show scale), please indicate how you describe the Israelis (Palestinians): (Source: JMCC/Steinmetz Poll)

- Violent:

           
Total (2/99) Total (12/00) West Bank (2/99) West Bank (12/00) Gaza Strip (2/99) Gaza Strip (12/00) Total (2/99) Total (12/00)
1. Non-Violent 
4.7
1.9
3.5
2.8
6.8
0.5
9.6
8.9
2.
3.7
1.6
2.8
2.2
5.2
0.5
8.6
6.1
3.
16.0
1.3
16.8
1.6
16.8
0.7
33.0
17.8
4.
17.9
6.9
23.0
7.5
23.0
5.9
15.1
16.4
5. Violent
57.6
87.5
48.2
85.1
48.2
91.6
20.5
46.2
No answer
0.1
0.8
0.1
0.8
0.0
0.8
12.7
4.5

- Honest:  

   
Palestinian Area
PA  
Total (12/97)
Total (2/99) Total (12/00)
West Bank  (12/97)
West Bank (2/99) West Bank (12/00)
Gaza Strip (12/97)
Gaza Strip (2/99) Gaza Strip (12/00)
1. Dishonest
53.4% 
50.0
70.9
54.4%
49.5
66.5
51.7%
7.0
78.4
2.
8.9%
17.0
10.9
9.8%
17.1
13.2
7.5%
8.2
7.0
3.
17.7%
17.2
6.3
18.1%
18.4
6.5
17.1%
23.0
5.9
4.
7.8%
7.7
3.0
6.2%
7.0
4.1
10.6%
26.1
1.1
5. Honest
10.2%
8.1
7.8
9.9%
7.9
8.6
10.8%
35.2
6.6
No answer
2.0%
0.0
1.1
1.6%
0.1
1.1
2.3%
0.0
1.0

- Intelligent:  

 
Palestinian Area
 
Total (12/97)
Total (2/99)
West Bank  (12/97)
West Bank (2/99)
Gaza Strip (12/97)
Gaza Strip (2/99)
1. Unintelligent 
7.8% 
7.9
7.7%
8.4
7.9%
7.0
2.
4.0%
7.7
4.3%
7.4
3.4%
8.2
3.
16.4%
20.3
16.6%
18.8
15.9%
23.0
4.
16.6%
22.9
17.4%
21.0
15.1%
26.1
5. Intelligent
54.3%
41.0
53.2%
44.4
56.3%
35.2
No answer
0.9%
0.2
0.8%
0.0
1.4%
0.5

Strong:

 
Palestinian Total (12/00) West Bank (12/00) Gaza Strip (12/00)
n=1199
n=759
n=440
Weak
14.9
15.7
13.6
8.3
7.1
10.5
In between
16.6
17.9
14.3
16.3
16.1
16.8
Strong
42.8
42.2
43.9
Don't know
1.1
1.0
0.9

Questions asked only of Palestinians

On a scale of 1 through 5, how would you evaluate your proficiency in the  Hebrew language? (Source: JMCC Poll, August 1999)

Compromise

Total 
West Bank 
Gaza Strip 
I know nothing at all  (1) 
 68.2
 67.9
68.9 
I don't know (2)
 8.8
 10.5
 5.7
In between  (3)
 11.9
 11.8
 12.1
I know a little (4)
 5.3
 4.8
 5.9
Fluent (5)
 5.3
 4.5
 6.9
No answer
0.5
0.5
0.5

Conversation

Total 
West Bank 
Gaza Strip 
I know nothing at all (1) 
 69.3
 69.5
69.1 
I don't know (2)
 9.3
 9.7
 8.7
In between  (3)
 10.1
 9.7
 10.8
I know a little (4)
 4.9
 4.7
 5.3
Fluent (5)
 5.2
 4.7
 5.9
No answer
1.2
1.7
0.2

Reading

Total 
West Bank 
Gaza Strip 
I know nothing at all  (1)
 79.0
 80.7
76.0 
I don't know (2)
 7.2
 6.0
 9.3
In between  (3)
 6.6
 5.8
 8.0
I know a little (4)
 3.1
 3.1
 3.0
Fluent (5)
 3.7
 3.9
 3.2
No answer
0.4
0.5
0.5
Writing
Total 
West Bank 
Gaza Strip 
I know nothing at all (1) 
 80.0
 82.4
77.8 
I don't know (2)
 6.0
 4.3
 9.2
In between  (3)
 6.1
 5.6
 7.0
I know a little (4) 
 2.7
 2.8
 2.5
Fluent (5)
 3.8
 4.2
 3.0
No answer
0.6
0.7
0.5

When do you usually use the Hebrew Language? (Source: JMCC Poll, August 1999) 

Total 
West Bank 
Gaza Strip 
To watch TV 
 8.5
 6.2
12.6 
Liten to the radio
 0.3
 0.5
 0.0
Read the newspapers 
 0.3
 0.4
 0.0
For official bureaucratic issues
 2.3
 3.4
 0.5
Working needs
 17.3
 19.4
 13.7
Chat with friends/social issues
1.8
2.3
0.9
Follow up cultural events/ movies
2.3
2.2
2.3
Others
2.5
2.7
2.3
No answer
64.7
62.9
67.7

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