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August 6, 2013 8:11 am

Poll Says 63% of Jews in Israel Oppose Withdrawal to 1967 Lines

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JNS.org Sixty-three percent of Israeli Jews oppose a withdrawal to the pre-1967 lines, with land swaps, as part of a permanent peace agreement with the Palestinians, the latest monthly Peace Index poll released by the Israel Democracy Institute and Tel Aviv University shows.

The poll found that 79 percent of Israeli Jews think the renewed negotiations with the Palestinians have a low chance of success of yielding a peace agreement, while 18 percent believe they have a high chance. Among Israeli Arabs, 41 percent think the talks have a low chance of success, while 47 percent believe there is a high chance.

According to the poll, 60 percent of Israeli Jews trust Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to conduct negotiations with the Palestinians in a way that safeguards Israel’s security, while 37 percent do not. Among Israeli Arabs, 29 percent trust Netanyahu to do so, while 64 percent do not.

As part of a permanent peace agreement with security arrangements, a demilitarized Palestinian state, international guarantees, and a Palestinian declaration of the end of conflict, 77 percent of Israeli Jews oppose recognition of a Palestinian “right of return” involving the return of a small number of refugees and financial compensation for the rest.

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