Poll: Israelis want peace, Palestinians want war

Thursday, October 21, 2010 |  Ryan Jones

A joint survey of Israelis and Palestinians published on Thursday once again revealed what just about anyone with any common sense has long known: Israelis want peace, while most Palestinians want conflict.

Conducted by the Harry S. Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace at the Hebrew University and the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research in Ramallah, the poll asked roughly 2,000 Israelis Jews and Palestinian Arabs if they believed the current direct peace talks should continue.

An overwhelming 78 percent of Israelis said the talks should continue, though at present only 5 percent had any hope they would result in an actual peace agreement. By contrast, only 30 percent of Palestinians wanted the peace talks to continue, while 41 percent said they support a return to armed violence against Israel’s Jews.

Sixty-three percent of Israelis said they fear another explosion of terrorist violence in the near future.

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