The Netanyahu Effect? Declining Support for 2 State Solution among Israelis, Palestinians

Ma’an News Agency | – –

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) –Support for the two state solution decreased among both Palestinians and Israelis over the past year with just 51 percent of both populations vouching support, a recent poll reported.

Compared to June 2014, support for the two-state solution decreased among Israelis from 62 percent to 51 percent and among Palestinians from 54 percent to 51 percent, according to results from a poll conducted jointly by the Harry Truman Research Institute and the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research.

Meanwhile, perception by both groups of the other as an existential threat remained the same.

The poll reported that 56 percent of Palestinians believe that Israel’s long term goals are to extend its borders to cover the area between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea, expelling all Palestinian citizens.

Forty three percent of Israelis polled, meanwhile, think that Palestinian aspirations in the long run are to conquer and destroy much of the Jewish population in Israel.

The poll results come as the majority of the current Israeli government pieced together by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu publicly opposes the establishment of an independent continuous Palestinian state.

Palestinian leadership has historically said that continued expansion of settlements throughout occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank have removed the option of a two-state solution championed in past peace negotiations.

Over 60 percent of the land area of occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank is controlled by Israeli forces and is home to over half a million Israelis living in Jewish-only settlements deemed illegal under international law.

Despite this, Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas said in the lead up to Israeli elections in March that Palestinian leadership would embark on renewed negotiations with any Israeli government that supported the two-state solution.

Netanyahu unequivocally ruled out the possibility for an independent Palestinian state in the run up to the elections, in a statement he later back-peddled on following international criticism.

Via Ma’an News Agency

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3 Responses

  1. At this stage of the game, you have got to be ill informed and naive to not realize Israel does not give a damn about a 2SS and that it prefers the status quo. They just want to get rid of all Arabs from their lands, and steal the water and other resources to satisfy their greed. If the occupier wanted peace it would have easily achieved it by now.

    • In the months following the official creation of Israel in 1948 the chasing of Palestinians out of their lands, houses, villages and cities was going at full speed after a few Israeli murderous operations had killed thousands of Palestinians. That’s when Palestinians were forced to flee to Lebanon, the planned operation to steal the Palestinians’ their third UN-partitioned territory (bordering Lebanon’s border near the Mediterranean). The European zionists calling themselves Israelis have been planning that whole Palestinian land grab years before Israel’s creation, and having fought the Nazis alongside the British, who trained them and armed them, gave the zionists in Palestine a definite advantage over all the Palestinian résistance and the other Arabs who joined into their résistance.

  2. …and America wants a quasi-2 state solution, with Israel maintaining military control of everywhere from the Jordan river to the sea.
    Conclusion: Israel gets it all, and America is happy with that.

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