Poll: 79% of Palestinian Arabs View the United States Unfavorably
Israelis and Palestinian Arabs have vastly different views of the U.S., but share the hope that President Barack Obama will undertake a larger role in fostering peace.
According to a new Pew Poll, 79% of Palestinian Arabs view the United States unfavorably, versus only 16% of Israelis. Only 15% of Palestinians believe that the Palestinian Authority has a good relationship with the U.S. Administration, compared to 94% of Israelis who believe their government does.
The contrasts remain considerable throughout the poll except where the U.S. President’s role in the conflict is concerned. Israelis (49%) and Palestinians (41%) believe he should have an increased role.
According to the poll, 61% of Palestinians believe that there are no prospects for Palestinian statehood compared to 38% of Israelis who share the same belief.
Israelis, on balance, believe a way can be found for an independent Palestinian state to coexist peacefully with their country. Palestinians, on the other hand, overwhelmingly do not think this is possible, and a plurality believes violence rather than negotiations or nonviolent protest is the best way to achieve statehood.
Also of note was the response of Israelis to settlement activity. A large portion of respondents, 42%, said that they believe building Jewish communities in the West Bank poses a security risk.