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July 3, 2018 9:40 am

Israeli Poll Shows Little Faith in Trump Plan to Achieve Peace

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From left: US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman, Special Middle East envoy Jason Greenblatt, White House adviser Jared Kushner, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Israeli Ambassador to the United States Ron Dermer, meeting in Jerusalem on June 22, 2018. Photo: US Embassy in Israel. – A recent survey shows that Israelis do not believe that a proposal by US President Donald Trump will be successful in achieving a goal of peace between Israelis and Palestinians.

Released Monday, the survey conducted by the Israel Democracy Institute and Tel Aviv University shows that nearly 75 percent of Jewish and Arab Israelis believe a plan by the American administration has either very low or moderately low chances to succeed.

An overwhelming 77 percent of respondents said they believe Israel’s interests are important to the American president, with over 60 percent saying they believe the interests of the Palestinians are not.

The poll also showed that while over half of respondents supported negotiations with the Palestinians, less than 20 percent believed the talks would lead to peace.

Another recent poll of Israelis showed strong favorable feelings toward Trump and his policy on Israel. A June poll by the American Jewish Committee found that 77 percent of Israelis approve of his handling of US-Israel relations, with 85 percent in favor of his transfer of the US Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

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