Polls: Israelis see no peace partner, still want 2-state solution

Tuesday, December 18, 2012 |  Israel Today Staff

Recent polls conducted in Israel showed that a majority of Israelis believe they have no viable peace partner on the Palestinian side - especially in a Palestinian Authority that includes Hamas - but nevertheless still support a two-state solution to the conflict.

In a survey conducted by New Wave ahead of the upcoming Israeli general election, 62.4 percent of respondents said there is no genuine and viable partner for peace on the Palestinian side.

The Israeli public's view contradicts that of the international community and even some Israeli leaders, like President Shimon Peres, who insist that Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas is a true peace partner, despite his cozying up to Hamas.

But, while Israelis have a grim outlook on the prospects for peace, they still believe in the idea of a two-state solution.

A second poll conducted by the Smith Institute revealed that 62 percent of Israelis support the creation of a Palestinian Arab state, and 58 percent believe such a state will come into existence in the near future.

But the second poll also showed that attitudes are shifting the longer the conflict drags on. Among younger Israelis, the Palestinian leadership is increasingly seen as dishonest and manipulative, and as such only 42 percent of respondents between the ages of 18-29 still support a two-state solution.

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