Poll suggests Israeli-Palestinian peace long way off

Wednesday, April 22, 2009 |  Israel Today Staff

If a poll conducted by an Israeli left-wing organization is any indication, the Middle East conflict is not going to come to an end any time soon, despite a general commitment to the "two state solution."

Commissioned by One Voice, an organization comprised of left-wing Israelis and Palestinians, the survey put the same questions to both Israeli Jews and Palestinian Arabs.

While 77 percent of Israelis said they support the "two state solution" - and most Israeli papers focused solely on that - roughly the same number of respondents said they outright reject several key Palestinian conditions for peace, including the division of Jerusalem and the opening of Israel's gates to millions of so-called "Palestinian refugees."

And while the poll was clearly designed to focus media attention on the peace process with the recent election of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israelis polled said that for them the peace process is only number 11 on their list of priorities.

Conversely, the Palestinians said that for them, the security of Israel's civilians is an even lower priority, while for Israelis it is the key component of the peace process.

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