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Two-state solution still most popular option among Israelis and Palestinians

While the US may have slackened its commitment to Palestinian statehood, about half of Israelis and Palestinians still back a two-state solution to the conflict, although support is dipping, a survey published on Thursday found.

Pollsters said that 55 per cent of Israelis and 44 per cent of Palestinians still favour the principle of a two-state solution, down from 59 per cent of Israelis and 51 per cent of Palestinians asked the same question in June 2016. A majority of Israeli Arabs, however, oppose a two-state solution, instead favouring a single state or a confederation.

When respondents were given details of what such a deal would entail, based on draft two-state solutions presented during past negotiations, support for it dropped to 42 per cent among Palestinians and 48 per cent among Israelis (41 per cent among Jews, and 88 per cent among Arab citizens of Israel).

The theoretical proposal included a demilitarised Palestinian state, Israeli withdrawal to the pre-1967 lines, land swaps, the return of 100,000 Palestinian refugees to Israeli territory, the recognition of West Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and East Jerusalem as the Palestinian one (with the Old City being split between the two) and a declaration that the conflict had come to an end.

When other conditions were introduced to respondents, the picture began to change.

The prospect of a regional agreement involving Israel and the Arab world persuaded 30 per cent of Israeli Jews and 28 per cent of Palestinians who had opposed previous draft agreements to indicate support. Ultimately, a two-state solution arrived at within the broader context of a regional deal would be supported by 57 per cent of Palestinians and 58 per cent of Israeli Jews.

The survey, was conducted by the Tami Steinmetz Centre for Peace Research, Tel Aviv University and the Palestinian Centre for Policy and Survey Research in Ramallah and was funded by the European Union, the press release said. It was carried out in December 2016 among 1,270 Palestinians and 1,207 Israelis and has a margin of error of 3 per cent.

Click here to read the full article in Times of Israel

 

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