maandag 20 oktober 2014
Three quarters of Jewish Israelis against the establishment of a Palestinian state
Minister Moshe Ya'alon of Defense recently gave a series of interviews during which he said that a Palestinian state is not what the Palestinians deserve and that ''managing the conflict'' is the best thing to do in the interest of Israel. (The picture of Ya'alon meeting the American Secretary of State John Kerry is from May 2013)
This is from the site + 972:
A large majority of Jewish Israeli citizens (74 percent) oppose the establishment of a Palestinian state along the pre-1967 borders, according to anew poll conducted by the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, a right-wing think tank. The organization also found that 76 percent oppose a Palestinian state if it means dividing Jerusalem.
The poll surveyed 505 (only Jewish) Israelis, dividing them along their personal political orientation. Three hundred and four identified themselves as right wing, 125 as centrists and 68 as left wing. It is interesting to note that of those who consider themselves “centrists,”63 percent oppose a Palestinian state along the pre-1967 border, compared with only 19 percent who identify as left.
When it comes to Jerusalem, a not surprising majority of both rightists and centrists oppose conceding East Jerusalem to a future Palestinian state. However, while 51.5 percent of leftists support it, nearly 40 percent of them oppose it.
This means that even those who consider themselves left wing in Israel are on the fence about giving up East Jerusalem. From this we can conclude that most Jewish Israelis oppose a two-state solution, and even those on the left are not quite sure about it. It also illustrates that the notion of what is “left wing” in Israel has shifted to the right along with the rest of the public.
On the issue of the Jordan Valley, a large majority of Jewish Israelis, including those identified as left (42.6 percent), oppose withdrawal for the establishment of a Palestinian state.
The poll, published in Israel Hayom, is obviously meant to serve Netanyahu’s agenda. And while it is dangerous to rely on solely on a single poll to back up any claim, this specific poll – no matter how flawed or skewed – happens to be an accurate reflection of the Israeli government’s policies, much of its rhetoric, and the reality on the ground. Just a few days ago Defense Minister Ya’alon said plainly that he is “not looking for a solution, I am looking for a way to manage the conflict
So even though many polls over the years have shown and still show that a majority of Jewish Israelis support a two-state solution based more or less along the 1967 border with land swaps – such sentiment is reflected less and less in the way Israelis vote and talk. This new poll seems to provide a much more honest assessment of the reality on the ground and the reality in the halls of government.