Does Netanyahu want what Israelis want in peace talks?
A majority of Israelis support a two-state solution, including steps such as a settlement freeze.
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Slight increase in support for Saudi peace plan
In an attempt to keep a finger on the pulse of both Israelis and Palestinian opinion and thus assist overall efforts to reach a viable solution to the conflict, the Truman Center conducts regular surveys with the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research in Ramallah. (Read our article about what Palestinians think here.)
Some of the very same events that have led to an upswing of the popularity of President Abbas at the expense of his rival Hamas have led Israelis to become less optimistic about the potential for reaching peace with the Palestinians. For example, last month's congress of Abbas's Fatah party, left fewer Israelis feeling that they have a real partner for peace. The congress adopted relatively hard-line resolutions, which blamed Israel for the death of the late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat and suggested that Fatah would recommence armed struggle against Israel if negotiations fail. It also suggested that negotiations have a deadline, after which resistance – "terrorism" to most Israelis – should resume.
In light of those resolutions, 59 percent of Israelis say they do not believe Israel has a partner for peace negotiations. Just over a quarter believe it still does.
The majority of Israelis are also unenthusiastic about the Arab or Saudi initiative, which offers Israel full recognition by the Arab world if it were to withdraw to Israel's pre-1967 borders, also known as the Green Line. Fifty-four percent of Israelis opposed that plan, while some 40 percent supported it. The pollsters said that support for the initiative among Israelis had increased slightly since June, when the figure was 36 percent.
The full Truman Center study can be accessed here.
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