‘Palestine’ would be a terror state, say most Israelis

Biden and the West are playing right into Hamas’s hands, while the dominant Israeli Right says it will resist creation of a Palestine state.

By Ryan Jones | | Topics: Palestinian State
Pro-Palestinian protesters hold a "Land Day" protest outside Jewish organizations in Manhattan, New York City, March 30, 2022. Photos by Luke Tress/Flash90
Pro-Palestinian protesters hold a "Land Day" protest outside Jewish organizations in Manhattan, New York City, March 30, 2022. Photos by Luke Tress/Flash90

A firm majority of Israelis again stressed in the result of a survey published on Wednesday that they oppose the establishment of a Palestinian Arab state in Judea, Samaria and the Gaza Strip.

The Israel Democracy Institute asked the question amid strong international efforts to push forward the two-state solution with or without Israel’s approval.

The administration of US President Joe Biden in particular believes the way to prevent another outburst of terrorist violence like that visited upon Israel on October 7 of last year is to give the Palestinians what they want. To that end, there is reportedly talk of some form of recognition of future Palestinian statehood that would tie Israel’s hands and set an irreversible timetable toward that goal. France, the UK and other world powers have signaled that they, too, would join his unilateral recognition of Palestinian statehood.

This is a major departure from the so-called “Oslo” peace process, which made eventual Palestinian statehood the result of bilateral agreement between the parties.

More worrying, Israelis say that imposing a Palestinian state on Israel will have the opposite effect of what Biden and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken claim, resulting in an even more serious conflict.

If the West recognizes a Palestinian state at this time, 71.5% of Israeli respondents said Palestinian terrorism will either stay the same or get worse, which is saying a lot after the savage attacks of Oct. 7.

Sixty-three percent of all respondents said they oppose an independent Palestinian state, especially at this time. But the breakdown is interesting.

  • 73% of Israeli Arabs actually support a Palestinian state
  • 77% of left-wing Israeli Jews support a Palestinian state, even after the events of Oct. 7
  • 48% of Israeli Jews in the center of a political spectrum oppose a Palestinian state
  • 78% of right-wing Israeli Jews oppose a Palestinian state

That the overall number comes out to 63% against a Palestinian state again demonstrates how dominant the Right is in Israeli politics.

The Biden administration has tried to convince Israelis by repeatedly stating that the Palestinian Authority will need to be “revitalized” or reformed before being granted sovereignty.

But respondents, both Jewish and Arab, said that simply won’t happen.

The chances of the Palestinian Authority changing its ways are low-to-none, said 83% of Jews and 70% of Arabs.

In fact, in recent weeks, the Palestinian Authority has stated on numerous occasions that it intends to form a unity government with Hamas, which is enjoying a spike in its already-high popularity.

Israel and the West are on a major collision course, and even if Hamas is defeated and eliminated as a military threat, it will have won in this regard.

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One response to “‘Palestine’ would be a terror state, say most Israelis”

  1. Susan says:

    So often today, things are attributed to “left” or “right” camps. There is only one left, who is right: The Lord God Almighty. If He set the borders, personal opinions don’t matter.

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