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Poll Shows Israelis Support Negotiations, but Don’t Believe They’ll Bring Peace

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Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meet at the funeral of the late Shimon Peres, Sept. 30, 2016. Photo: Amos Ben Gershom / Government Press Office (GPO) / Handout via Reuters.

A new poll shows that Israelis overwhelmingly support peace talks with the Palestinians, but also strongly believe they will not bear fruit.

Conducted by the Israel Democracy Institute and Tel Aviv University, the poll showed that 61.5% of Israelis strongly or moderately support negotiations. However, 75.3% strongly or moderately believe that talks will not result in a peace agreement.

The poll also asked whether Israel should undertake a military operation in Gaza if Hamas violated the current ceasefire. Some 53.9% strongly or moderately favor such an operation. The results showed a significant divide between Israeli Jews and Arabs, however. A total of 61.4% of Jews felt a military operation would be a good move, while only 16.1% of Arabs agreed with that view.

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