70% of Israelis Are Willing to Accept a UN / Palestinian State Declaration

Israel should accept the decision if the UN recognizes a Palestinian state, about 70 percent of Israelis answered in a recent Hebrew University poll.  The poll, which was 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, also found that over 80% of the Palestinians support turning to the UN to obtain recognition of a Palestinian state. The survey was supported by the Ford Foundation Cairo office and the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung in Ramallah and Jerusalem.

That puts those Israelis against a Palestinian state in a clear minority. And it also makes the American Christian Zionists who decry such a state even more absurd (if that’s possible) than they already are.

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2 thoughts on “70% of Israelis Are Willing to Accept a UN / Palestinian State Declaration

  1. arenmaeir 21 Sep 2011 at 9:09 am

    Jim,
    I think you are missing the point here. Even Netanyahu’s government is not against the idea of a Palestinian state (he has publicly stated this on several occasions). Rather, they (and many Israelis) are against the declaration of the state not in the context of negotiations towards a final settlement of the Israeli/Palestinian “problem”. I, and I believe most of my fellow citizens, would LOVE to see a Palestinian state as a neighbor, who would declare an cessation of hostilities, accept the right of the State of Israel to be the Jewish homeland (the only one in the world – and at the same time the State of Palestine would be seen as the homeland of the Palestinians) and declare the end of any further demands from both sides.

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  2. Scott F 21 Sep 2011 at 11:04 am

    @Aren:

    The poll asked specifically about the situation that is emerging at the UN as we speak, not about the hypothetical situation you describe. Now, would UN action move the process closer to that situation? One could hope but disappointment has been the fate of such hopes in the past. Asymmetrical struggle favors the minorities on both sides.

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