Poll: Israelis Don't Believe Peace with PA is Possible
Nearly three quarters of Israelis think it will not be possible to reach a peace agreement with the Palestinian Authority even if stalled peace talks resume, a poll published on Friday said, according to AFP.
When asked: "If negotiations begin again do you believe that it will be possible to reach a final agreement with the Palestinians?", 71.6 percent of those interviewed answered "no", compared to 21.7 percent of those who thought it was possible.
The remainder had no opinion on the matter.
The poll, which appeared in the Yisrael Hayom daily newspaper, interviewed 500 Israeli Jews.
Israelis interviewed for the poll were a little more optimistic about the chances of restarting talks with the Palestinian Authority following efforts from U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.
Kerry has visited the region five times since taking office in February in a bid to relaunch talks between the two sides.
According to the poll, 50.9 percent of Israelis believed that talks would begin again compared with 30 percent who thought the opposite, with the remaining 19.1 percent not having any strong opinion on the matter.
A poll published by the same newspaper last week found that 57 percent of Israelis supported Kerry’s efforts and would like to see the talks revived, while 28.6% opposed the talks.
Last week’s poll found that 69.3% of the respondents, most of whom presumably supported resumption of talks, opposed offering the PA any goodwill gestures such as the release of prisoners, easing of travel restrictions and the like. Only 19.5% of respondents were in favor of such gestures.
Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas said this week that Kerry had made "useful and constructive proposals" during his four-day visit last week and said he was "optimistic" about the outcome, reported the AFP news agency.
"Kerry made useful and constructive proposals and we are not saying they were bad, but they need further clarification and explanation before we can return to negotiations," Abbas said.
"We are optimistic because Kerry is serious and determined to reach a solution. We hope to go back to negotiations very soon in order to address the core issues between us and the Israelis," he added.
Abbas has insisted that Israel recognize the 1949 Armistice Line as a designated border for any future PA state. Israel refuses, as the pre-1967 borders are indefensible and withdrawing back to these borders would guarantee its destruction.
The demand that Israel recognize these indefensible borders as a designated border for a Palestinian state is just one in a long line of preconditions that Abbas has imposed on negotiations. He has also demanded that Israel release terrorists jailed before the 1993 Oslo Accords and that it freeze all Jewish construction in Judea, Samaria and eastern Jerusalem.
(Arutz Sheva’s North American Desk is keeping you updated until the start of Shabbat in New York. The time posted automatically on all Arutz Sheva articles, however, is Israeli time.)