Israelis: We won't have peace, but still like it here

Sunday, October 02, 2011 |  Ryan Jones  

In its annual Rosh Hashanah public opinion poll, Yediot Ahronot found that most Israelis believe genuine peace with their Arab neighbors is impossible, but still think Israel is a great place to live.

Conducted by the Dahaf Institute, the survey asked a representative sample of 500 adult Israelis (including Israeli Arabs) if they believe a peace agreement will ever be reached with the Palestinians. Over 66 percent said no.

An even larger 67 percent majority said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu also doesn't believe peace can be achieved, though he is making all possible attempts to resume negotiations.

A 54 percent majority said they are happy with Netayahu's performance, and 76 percent were pleased with his speech to the UN last week regarding the breakdown of the peace process. In that speech, Netanyahu pleaded with the Palestinians to return to negotiations, and pointed out that their refusal to do so was the true obstacle to peace. Over 65 percent of Israelis agreed with Netanyahu on that point.

Despite the grim prospects for peace in the region, 59 percent said Israel's security situation is good and 88 percent said Israel is a good place to live.

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