Poll: Israelis Pessimistic About Prospects for Resumed Peace Talks With Palestinians, Foresee New War With Hamas
Israelis are pessimistic about the prospects for renewed peace talks with the Palestinians, despite US President Donald Trump’s stated goal of brokering a deal, a new poll published on Wednesday found.
According to the Israeli Democracy Institute’s latest monthly Peace Index, 63% of the country’s Jewish citizens viewed the chances of an imminent resumption of negotiations as low.
Despite the stalemated peace process, 66% of Israeli Jews characterized the country’s security situation as good.
However, 56% of Israelis Jews thought there was a high likelihood of a new war with Gaza Strip-ruling Hamas in the coming year (the last Israel-Hamas conflict took place three years ago, in the summer of 2014). Potential conflagrations with Israel’s other enemies — including Hezbollah, Syria and Iran — were considered by poll respondents to be far less likely.