Poll: Israelis want Obama to back off

Wednesday, April 14, 2010 |  Israel Today Staff

The vast majority of Israelis would strongly oppose an imposed peace plan by US President Barack Obama, according to the results of a public opinion poll conducted this week.

The poll was commissioned by Independent Media Review & Analysis (IMRA) in response to US media reports last week that Obama was mulling a comprehensive peace plan to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Obama reportedly met with top current and former presidential advisors to discuss what should go into such a plan.

It is assumed that any plan imposed by Obama would include the division of Jerusalem and Israel's surrender of the Jordan Valley.

Niney-one percent of Israelis opposed any Obama plan, and 81 percent said if he tried to divide Jerusalem it would result in increased conflict between Israel and the Arab world.

Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, Obama insisted that his administration has no intention of imposing a peace settlement on Israel and the Palestinians.

"The truth is that in some of these conflicts, the United States cannot impose solutions, unless the participants in these conflicts are willing to break out of old patterns of antagonism," Obama said.

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