Lebanese overwhelmingly oppose normalization with Israel, poll shows

A woman walks past a poster of the late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, in the Bourj al-Barajneh Palestinian refugee camp in Beirut (Bilal Hussein - AP)

TNA Staff

The New Arab  /  December 8, 2021

Arab Barometer’s Lebanon 2021 Country Report revealed that about three-quarters of Lebanese citizens opposed the normalization deals forged between Israel and Arab states last year.

A poll by Arab Barometer has indicated overwhelming opposition in Lebanon to normalization deals between Israel and Arab states.

The nonpartisan research network found that 73 percent of Lebanese citizens oppose the agreements made between Israel and the UAE and Bahrain, and 79 percent oppose the Israeli peace agreement with Morocco, according to their Lebanon 2021 Country Report.

The network, which aims to provide insights into the social attitudes of citizens of Middle Eastern and North African countries, also found Lebanese Christians were at least 30 percent more likely to support the Abraham Accords – the US-brokered agreements which normalized ties between the Jewish state and the Arab states in September 2020 – than Lebanese Muslims.

“Only one-in-five Lebanese favour the peace agreements between Israel and the UAE and Bahrain, respectively, while just 14 percent favour the peace deal with Morocco,” the report states.

The majority of the Lebanese population sampled in the poll, 53 percent, strongly opposed the normalization of relations between Israel and the UAE and Bahrain.

An even larger majority, 61 percent, strongly opposed the normalization between the Israel and Morocco.

Lebanese Christians were also 42 percent more likely to support Israeli normalization with the UAE and Bahrain (45 percent) than Lebanese Muslims (three percent).

Arab Barometer, which conducted telephone surveys with 3,000 Lebanese citizens between July 2020 and March 2021, said its findings are nationally representative.

No peace agreement between Israel and Lebanon currently exists.