Faith in the ability to reach a two-state solution has dropped over the years among both Israelis and Palestinians, according to a recent poll.
A new joint Israeli-Palestinian poll shows that support for the two-state solution has lessened among Palestinians and Israelis over the past year. Today, only 51 percent on each side support it.
Compared to a similar poll conducted in June 2014, support for the two-state solution decreased among Israelis from 62 percent and among Palestinians from 54 percent.
Meanwhile, each side continues to view the intentions of the other as posing an existential threat.
A majority of 56 percent of Palestinians are convinced that Israel’s goals in the long run are to extend its borders to cover the entire area between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea and to expel its Arab citizens. Another 25 percent believes that Israel’s goal is to annex Judea and Samaria while denying political rights to the Palestinians.
The largest group of Israelis, 43 percent, thinks that the Palestinian aspirations in the long run are to conquer the State of Israel and annihilate the Jewish population living there.
The poll, conducted jointly by the Harry S. Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research in Ramallah, sampled 1,200 Palestinians and 802 Israelis.
As for prospects for the future, only six percent of Israelis and 27 percent of Palestinians expect that the two sides will return to negotiations in the short term. Close to a third of Israelis – 28 percent – and 29 percent of Palestinians think that the two sides will return to negotiations at some point but that terror attacks will take place as well.
By: United with Israel Staff
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