Majority of Israelis Oppose Palestinian State

New survey reveals: 74.3% oppose Palestinian state within '67 borders, 76.2% oppose dividing J'lem, 74.9% oppose Jordan Valley withdrawal.

Shimon Cohen, Cynthia Blank,

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A survey by the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs demonstrates the resistance of a vast majority of Israelis to Palestinian statehood, the division of Jerusalem and giving up the Jordan Valley, Israel Hayom reports Sunday. 

The newspaper reported that in response to the question of whether the spread of Islamic State (ISIS) in Syria and Iraq altered one's position on Israeli concessions of land in Judea and Samaria, 70.1 percent answered that this phenomenon did not change their opinions.

16.8 percent of respondents said that because of ISIS, they are now less willing to concede land than before. In contrast, 4.8 percent of respondents answered that because of regional changes, now is especially the time to offer political concessions. 

As to the question of supporting or opposing the establishment of a Palestinian state within the pre-1967 borders, 74.3 percent answered that they oppose the establishment of such a state, while 18.2 percent said they support it. 7.5 percent of those surveyed did not respond. 

Regarding the possibility of an Israeli withdrawal from the Jordan Valley, 74.9 percent said they oppose the establishment of a Palestinian state which requires Israeli withdrawal from the Jordan Valley. 11.5 percent support such a withdrawal and 13.7 percent chose not to answer this question.  

The newspaper also reported on the controversial issue of the division of Jerusalem. If such a division were to occur, part of the city would serve as the capital for the State of Israel, with the other part representing the capital for a potential future Palestinian state. 

76.2 percent of respondents oppose the division of Jerusalem. 16.2 percent support the division of Jerusalem and 7.5 percent did not answer. 

The survey was conducted by the research institute Shavakim Panorama, under the direction of Yossef Vadana. The survey questioned a representative sample of 505 residents of Israel, not including Israeli Arabs.