Israelis no longer trust Palestinians to make peace

Sunday, January 31, 2010 |  Israel Today Staff

The "peace" wave that swept through Israel more than a decade ago and converted many to the idea of "land-for-peace" is now officially over, according to the results of a public opinion poll published last Thursday.

Conducted on behalf of the official Knesset television station, the survey revealed that an overwhelming 79 percent of Israelis no longer believe it is possible to achieve true peace with their peace partners in the Palestinian Authority.

Nearly as many respondents (76 percent) said they don't believe "moderate" Palestinian leaders Mahmoud Abbas and Salam Fayyad even want to make peace.

In response to the poll's results and the clear revelation that Israelis no longer trust the Palestinian Authority, many have begun to question why Israel's democratically-elected government is going to such pains to entice Abbas back to the negotiating table. The answer, of course, as most Israelis know, is foreign diplomatic pressure.

Most Israelis today view the land-for-peace formula as flawed, as well as the decision to prop up the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) as the sole representative of the Palestinians and therefore Israel's peace partner. That decision was made despite the fact that the PLO had succeeded in killing more Jews than any movement since the Nazis ruled in Germany.

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