A majority of Israeli Jews (63 percent) oppose a withdrawal to the 1967 borders with land swaps as part of a permanent peace agreement with the Palestinians, the latest monthly Peace Index poll released by the Israel Democracy Institute and Tel Aviv University shows.

The poll found that 79% of Israeli Jews think the renewed negotiations with the Palestinians have a low chance of success of yielding a peace agreement, while 18% believe they have a high chance. Among Israeli Arabs, 41% think the talks have a low chance of success, while 47% believe there is a high chance.

According to the poll, 60% of Israeli Jews trust Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to conduct negotiations with the Palestinians in a way that safeguards Israel’s security, while 37% do not. Among Israeli Arabs, 29% of Israeli Arabs trust Netanyahu to do so, while 64% do not.

As part of a permanent peace agreement with security arrangements, a demilitarized Palestinian state, international guarantees, and a Palestinian declaration of the end of conflict, 77% of Israeli Jews oppose recognition of a Palestinian “right of return” involving the return of a small number of refugees and financial compensation for the rest. Some 58% of Israeli Jews oppose dismantling settlements while keeping the Ariel, Maaleh Adumim and Gush Etzion blocs and 50% oppose giving Arab neighborhoods in Jerusalem to the Palestinian Authority along with a special arrangement for the holy sites in the city.

Majorities of both Israeli Jews (62%) and Israeli Arabs (72%) believe that a national referendum would be necessary if a peace agreement is reached that includes a withdrawal from Judea and Samaria and an evacuation of settlements, while 34% of Israeli Jews and 20% of Israeli Arabs feel there is no need for a referendum and such a decision should be left to the government and Knesset.

Some 88% of Israeli Arabs and 46% of Israeli Jews think that all Israeli citizens should vote in a referendum on a peace deal, while 4% of Israeli Arabs and 49% of Israeli Jews think that the vote should be limited to Jews only.

The survey, conducted July 28-30, included 602 respondents who constituted a representative sample of the Israeli adult population. The margin of error was 4.5%.

See the full results of the poll here.

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Source: Israpundit


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