Poll: Leftists Want More Women in Negotiations

A new poll shows that two thirds of Israelis believe the women should have more of a role in negotiations with the Palestinians.

Yaakov Levi ,

Tzipi Livni
Tzipi Livni
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A new poll shows that two thirds of Israelis believe the women should have more of a role in negotiations with the Palestinians. A total of 75% of women and 59% of men said that including more women would have “a positive effect” on negotiations.

The poll was initiated by a group supporting UN Resolution 1325, which encourages the role of women in leadership roles in business and government. Among the questions asked of a scientifically determined sample group of 600 respondents – 500 Jews and 100 Arabs - was whether or not including “outside experts” would contribute to negotiations. 82% of the Arabs responded positively to that question, while 63% of Jewish respondents did.

Among Jewish respondents, 55% of men advocated bringing more women into the negotiation process, as did 71% of women. Among Arabs, 81% of women and 83% of men said they supported this as well. Among those supporting including more women in talks, 78% of men and 90% of women considered themselves as being on the political left.

UNSC Resolution 1325 calls for women to be included in state decision-making for, and especially to peace negotiation teams. Israel is the only country to have legislated that recommendation into a binding law. The UN resolution and the Israeli law appear to have been largely intended to pressure the Israeli government into including women with a so-called "gender perspective" on geopolitical issues to negotiating teams. 

Naomi Chazan, former president of the New Israel Fund, is also a prominent member in the UN-affiliated International Women’s Commission for a Just and Sustainable Palestinian-Israeli Peace. She presided over the Van Leer Institute conference and is the dominant figure behind the campaign for implementing UNSC 1325 in Israel.

The idea that women are natural peacemakers appears to ignore the fact that women vote for both right wing and left wing parties, and that some women do not believe in a "peace process" with the Palestinians at all.



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