Most Israelis willing to accept UN recognition of Palestinian state

The Jerusalem Post reports:

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.

As well as exploring Israeli and Palestinian attitudes to the Palestinian bid to the UN to obtain recognition as an independent state, the poll looked at other topical domestic issues within each population.

In response to questions about the Palestinian appeal at the UN, 83% of the Palestinians surveyed supported the move to obtain recognition for their state. Majorities on both sides, 77% of the Palestinians and 79% of the Israelis, believed that the US would use its veto power in the UN Security Council to prevent the UN from admitting the state of “Palestine” as a UN member.

In the face of UN recognition of a Palestinian state, 69% of Israelis thought that Israel should accept the decision and either start negotiations with the Palestinians about its implementation (34%) or not allow any change on the ground by the Palestinians (35%); 16% said Israel should oppose the decision and intensify the construction in the settlements; 7% think that Israel should annex the PA territory to Israel; and 4% think Israel should invade the PA territories and use force to prevent the establishment of a Palestinian state.

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1 thought on “Most Israelis willing to accept UN recognition of Palestinian state

  1. delia ruhe

    Doesn’t matter. If Bibi and the network of Zionist lobbies across the Western world don’t want it, it isn’t gonna happen.

    But it’s interesting that the Jerusalem Post is publishing these polling results. I wonder if they’ll appear in the NYT.

    Foreign Policy mag is really doing a heavy number on the issue this week. Especially interesting is Mouin Rabanni, who takes David Aaron Miller to task for his cynical piece of last week:

    http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2011/09/20/humpty_dumpty_was_pushed

    And David Rothkopf’s post of Tuesday is excellent on the stupidity of Obama’s position:

    http://rothkopf.foreignpolicy.com/

    Both of these pieces speak to the extreme dysfunction that plagues American politics. And speaking of dysfunction, the IDF is girding its loins for the violence they’re expecting in response to the UN response. It’ll be the old story of, “If you prepare for violence, that’s exactly what you’ll get.”

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