A poll published Thursday showed that both Israelis and Palestinians are increasingly supportive of military action to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, The Times of Israel reported.
Reactions from Palestinians to President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital factored into the results, the pollsters said in the report.
In the poll, Palestinian support for a military offensive almost doubled in the six months since the previous poll, while Israeli support for a military offensive increased 60 percent.
When asked what the next step in the conflict should be:
- 26 percent of Palestinians chose a peace deal, a decline from 45 percent in the previous poll.
- 38 percent of Palestinians chose armed struggle, up from 21 percent.
- 38 percent of Israeli Jews chose a peace deal, down from 45 percent.
- 19 percent of Israeli Jews chose armed struggle, up from 12 percent.
In other poll results, 46 percent of both Israeli Jews and Palestinians support a two-state solution.
- That number is down from 52 percent of Palestinians who supported the solution.
- Support from Israeli Jews for a two-state solution is almost unchanged.
- 83 percent of Israeli Arabs support a two-state solution.
Nearly half of Israeli Jews and 60 percent of Palestinians believe that Israel settlements in the West Bank have grown so much that a two-state solution is not viable, the poll results said.
Large majorities on both sides say the other side is not trustworthy, The Times of Israel reported.
The poll’s findings appeared in Palestinian-Israeli pulse, a poll by the Tami Steinmetz Center for Peace Research, Tel Aviv University, and the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research, The Times of Israel reported.
Prospects of relaunching the Israeli-Palestinian peace process remain elusive, The Washington Post reported Tuesday. A senior official has said there has been no White House contact with Palestinian leadership since Trump announced the recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
The poll was conducted in December 2017 among 1,270 Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza, and 900 Israelis, with an over-sampling of settlers and Arab citizens. The margin of error for both populations is 3 percent, the Times of Israel reported.
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