Poll: Both Israeli Jews and Arabs Do Not See Peace in Coming Years

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76% of Israeli Jews and 62% of Israeli Arabs not believe that negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority will lead in the coming years to peace between Israel and the Palestinians, according to the Peace Index Survey conducted on March 28-30, 2016, for the Evens Program for Mediation and Conflict Resolution at Tel Aviv University and the Guttman Center for Public Opinion and Policy Research of the Israel Democracy Institute.

69% of Jews and 76% of Arabs fear that they or someone important to them will be harmed in the current wave of terror attacks.

The Peace Index –March 2016

(N=600)

28-1/4/2016

  1. What is your position on conducting peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority?
% Jews % Arabs % General Public
Strongly in favor 23.4 85.1 33.7
Moderately in favor 33.1 13.4 29.8
Moderately opposed 16.8  0 14.0
Strongly opposed 20.4 1.5 17.3
Don’t know/Decline to answer 6.3  0 5.3
Total 100.0 100.0 100.0
  1. Do you believe or not believe that negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority will lead in the coming years to peace between Israel and the Palestinians?
% Jews % Arabs % General Public
Strongly believe 4.5 9.3 5.3
Moderately believe 17.5 24.5 18.6
Moderately do not believe 30.5 24.3 29.5
Do not believe at all 45.9 37.4 44.5
Don’t know/Decline to answer 1.6 4.5 2.1
Total 100.0 100.0 100.0
  1. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this sentence: “The state of Israel should belong equally to all its citizens without distinction of age, gender, nationality, or religion”?
% Jews % Arabs % General Public
Don’t agree at all 20.2 4.5 17.6
Don’t agree so much 22.6 2.8 19.3
Moderately agree 27.1 1.5 22.8
Strongly agree 26.9 90.7 37.5
Don’t know/Decline to answer 3.2 0.5 2.8
Total 100.0 100.0 100.0

 


 

  1. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this sentence: “The state of Israel today enables all the citizens of the state, without distinction of age, gender, religion, or nationality, to feel that the state belongs to them equally”?
% Jews % Arabs % General Public
Don’t agree at all 22.3 47.4 26.5
Don’t agree so much 34.0 13.5 30.5
Moderately agree 30.5 6.1 26.4
Strongly agree 10.1 31.5 13.6
Don’t know/Decline to answer 3.2 1.6 2.9
Total 100.0 100.0 100.0
  1. To what extent do you fear that you or one of the people important to you will be harmed in the current wave of terror attacks?
% Jews % Arabs % General Public
Greatly fear 32.7 47.2 35.2
Moderately fear 36.3 28.9 35.0
Don’t fear so much 23.4 10.0 21.2
Don’t fear at all 5.5 12.9 6.7
Don’t know/Decline to answer 2.0 1.0 1.9
Total 100.0 100.0 100.0
  1. After the latest terror attacks, Prime Minister Netanyahu said that worldwide terror and Palestinian terror are the same phenomenon and are fed by the same sources. Others claim that they are two different phenomena: worldwide terror is fed by radical Islam while Palestinian terror is fed by the desire to get free of the Israeli occupation. With which position do you agree more:
% Jews % Arabs % General Public
With Netanyahu’s—that worldwide terror and Palestinian terror are a single phenomenon and are fed by the same sources 64.0 13.3 55.6
With the position that they are two different phenomena: worldwide terror is fed by radical Islam whereas Palestinian terror is fed by the desire to get free of the Israeli occupation 29.7 65.2 35.7
Don’t know/Decline to answer 6.2 21.4 8.7
Total 100.0 100.0 100.0

 

  1. (For Jews only) In his weekly lesson, Sephardi chief rabbi Yitzhak Yosef addressed the issue of neutralizing terrorists and said it is a commandment to kill a terrorist who comes at one with a knife. Do you agree or disagree with this statement?
% Jews
Don’t agree at all 16.1
Don’t agree so much 13.8
Moderately agree 22.5
Strongly agree 44.0
Don’t know/Decline to answer 3.6
Total 100.0

8: (For Jews only) In your opinion, is it appropriate or inappropriate for rabbis to publicly express an opinion on security issues of this kind?

  % Jews
Very appropriate 22.8
Moderately appropriate 18.2
Not so appropriate 20.0
Not appropriate at all 33.7
Don’t know/Decline to answer 5.3
Total 100.0

9: Do you agree or disagree with the opinion that in order to fight terror effectively, one can ignore human and civil rights:

  % Jews % Arabs % General Public
Strongly agree 19.2 3.0 16.5
Moderately agree 29.8  0 24.8
Don’t agree so much 26.3 4.0 22.6
Don’t agree at all 20.1 86.1 31.1
Don’t know/Decline to answer 4.6 3.0 5.0
Total 100.0 100.0 100.0

 


 

10: With which of the following two claims do you agree more?

  % Jews % Arabs % General Public
To fight terror successfully, Israel can only rely on itself and does not need help from international actors 48.5 46.6 48.2
To fight terror successfully, Israel cannot rely on itself and needs help from international actors 47.4 40.6 46.3
Don’t know/Decline to answer 4.1 12.7 5.6
Total 100.0 100.0 100.0

11: After the terror attack in Brussels, some ministers in the Israeli government criticized European countries’ capacity to fight terror successfully. In your opinion, was this criticism right and do these countries indeed not know how to fight terror?

  % Jews % Arabs % General Public
Very right 34.2 18.3 31.6
Moderately right 34.6 28.6 33.6
Not so right 15.7 10.1 14.8
Not right at all 7.0 17.0 8.6
Don’t know/Decline to answer 8.4 26.0 11.4
Total 100.0 100.0 100.0

12: Whether or not the criticism is right, in your opinion was it right or not right to express it from a diplomatic-international standpoint?

% Jews % Arabs % General Public
I’m sure it was right 15.0 13.4 14.7
I think it was right 28.5 17.0 26.6
I think it wasn’t right 29.9 22.1 28.6
I’m sure it wasn’t right 17.0 19.0 17.3
Don’t know/Decline to answer 9.5 28.5 12.7
Total 100.0 100.0 100.0

 


 

  1. If, in return for help in the fight against terror, international actors demand that Israel not use certain means (for example, targeted assassinations or home demolitions) even though, in the opinion of those responsible for Israeli security, these means are necessary, in your opinion should or should not Israel act in accordance with the international demand:
% Jews % Arabs % General Public
I’m sure it should act in accordance with the international demand 5.1 72.5 16.3
I think it should 11.0 9.1 10.7
I think it should not 31.5 0.7 26.4
I’m sure it should not 46.5 1.3 39.0
Don’t know/Decline to answer 5.9 16.4 7.7
Total 100.0 100.0 100.0

14: If the current situation of violence continues, which of the two societies—Israeli or Palestinian—will in your assessment be able to withstand it longer?

% Jews % Arabs % General Public
Palestinian society 4.8 37.9 10.4
Israeli society 61.9 17.3 54.5
Both societies are capable of withstanding it a long time 21.5 20.8 21.4
Neither of the two societies is capable of withstanding it a long time 5.8 7.7 6.1
Don’t know/Decline to answer 6.0 16.2 7.7
Total 100.0 100.0 100.0

15: Are you for or against cooperation between Israel and Turkey in the fight against terror?

% Jews % Arabs % General Public
Strongly in favor 23.5 33.9 25.2
Moderately in favor 39.9 28.5 38.0
Moderately against 14.0 11.2 13.5
Strongly against 10.5 10.2 10.5
Don’t know/Decline to answer 12.2 16.2 12.8
Total 100.0 100.0 100.0

 

 

16: And are you for or against cooperation between Israel and Turkey on other issues, such as trade and tourism?

% Jews % Arabs % General Public
Strongly in favor 25.5 45.9 28.9
Moderately in favor 41.4 22.4 38.2
Moderately against 17.6 8.7 16.1
Strongly against 9.3 9.3 9.3
Don’t know/Decline to answer 6.1 13.6 7.4
Total 100.0 100.0 100.0

17: At the moment it appears that the two leading candidates to be U.S. president are Hillary Clinton for the Democratic Party and Donald Trump for the Republican Party. Which of the two, in your opinion, will be a better president from the standpoint of U.S. interests?

% Jews % Arabs % General Public
Hillary Clinton 42.7 13.6 37.8
Donald Trump 24.3 12.0 22.2
Both to the same extent (do not read) 4.7 45.7 11.6
Neither (do not read) 5.3 6.0 5.4
Don’t know/Decline to answer 23.0 22.8 23.0
Total 100.0 100.0 100.0

18: And which will be better from the standpoint of Israel’s interests?

% Jews % Arabs % General Public
Donald Trump 30.1 28.5 29.8
Hillary Clinton 40.3 10.1 35.3
Both to the same extent (do not read) 4.2 36.4 9.6
Neither (do not read) 4.7 3.4 4.4
Don’t know/Decline to answer 30.1 21.5 20.9
Total 100.0 100.0 100.0

 

19: In your opinion, in the current state of affairs, should Jews be allowed or not be allowed to pray on the Temple Mount?

  % Jews % Arabs % General Public
I’m sure they should be 20.1 2.2 17.1
I think they should be 16.0 1.8 13.6
I think they should not be 28.5 4.3 24.5
I’m sure they should not be 25.7 87.8 36.1
Don’t know/Decline to answer 9.7 4.0 8.7
Total 100.0 100.0 100.0

 

The Peace Index is a project of the Evens Program for Mediation and Conflict Resolution at Tel Aviv University and the Guttman Center for Public Opinion and Policy Research of the Israel Democracy Institute. This month’s survey was conducted by telephone from March 28-30, 2016, by the Midgam Research Institute. The survey included 600 respondents, who constitute a representative national sample of the adult population aged 18 and over. The maximum sampling error for the entire sample is ±4.1% at a confidence level of 95%. Statistical processing was done by Ms. Yasmin Alkalay. http://www.peaceindex.org

{Matzav.com Israel}

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