Poll: majority of Israelis against Jerusalem concessions

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Israelis and Palestinians with Israeli citizenship demonstrate against the Israeli occupation in the Palestinian West Bank following the 1967 Six Day War on 1 June 2013, in the city of Tel Aviv. (Photo: AFP - David Buimovitch)

Published Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Three-quarters of Israelis oppose the idea of any part of Jerusalem becoming capital of a Palestinian state, a poll showed on Wednesday as Israel marked 46 years since the 1967 Six Day War.

And less than one in 10 would back the idea of a Palestinian state within the lines that existed before the outbreak of the war on 5 June 1967 when Israel seized east Jerusalem, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.

The survey, published in the Jerusalem Post newspaper, showed that 74 percent were against the idea of the Palestinians having the capital of their future state in any part of Jerusalem, with only 15 percent in favor of dividing the city.

Two thirds, or 67 percent, said they were in favor of a two-state solution to end the conflict with the Palestinians, while 33 percent oppose it.

And of those in favor, only 8 percent would agree to the Palestinian demand for a state within the 1967 lines.

Although Israel claims it has accepted the idea of a two-state solution, it wants all of Jerusalem to be under Israeli sovereignty. It also wants to keep hold of the main settlement blocs where most of the 500,000 Jewish settlers live.

Of those in favor of a two-state solution, 40 percent said they wanted Israel to keep the major settlement blocs – Gush Etzion, Ariel and Maaleh Adumim.

And 19 percent said they would back moves to annex Area C, which covers more than 60 percent of the occupied West Bank, in order to keep hold of the settlements.

The poll, which questioned 500 Jewish Israelis – half of them secular and half of them religious – was carried out on Monday by Rafi Smith Research and has a 4.5 percentage point margin of error.

The figures showed sharp differences between the two types of respondent. Of those in the secular camp, 83 percent were in favor of a two-state solution, while 72 percent of the religious respondents said they were against it.

In a previous poll published by Israeli daily Haaretz in October, the majority of Israeli Jews want the establishment of an apartheid regime.

(AFP, Al-Akhbar)


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