Majority of Israelis dismiss likelihood of peace with Palestinians: Survey

Israeli security forces detain a man at the entrance of Jerusalem's al-Aqsa mosque compound last week (AFP)

MEE Staff

Middle East Eye  /  October 12, 2021

While Jewish Israelis ranked economic stability as their priority, Palestinian citizens of Israel said fighting crime was their primary concern.

Most Israelis see a slim chance of reaching peace with Palestinians in this decade and believe that politicians who called for a military attack on Iran to halt its nuclear project were right.

According to a survey by Israel Democracy Insitute, 87 percent of Israelis, including Palestinian citizens of Israel, believe that in the next five years, the possibility of establishing peace with Palestinians is very low.

The priorities of Jewish Israelis focused instead on internal issues, with 35 percent saying that stabilizing the economy ranked at the top of their interests. 

Meanwhile, reaching a peace agreement with the Palestinians was at the bottom of their list of priorities, with only 8.5 percent on the left of the political spectrum, 6 percent on the centre and 1 percent on the right saying such a deal was a prime concern.

The survey, which included 756 interviewees, revealed that 53 percent of Palestinian citizens of Israel rated fighting crime and the spread of weapons in towns inside Israel as their priority, and an issue they would like to see resolved by next year.

The majority of Israelis, at 45 percent, thought that those who supported a military strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities during the early stages of its program were right, while 27.5 percent believed that reaching a deal with Iran, to prevent it from developing a nuclear capability, is the right path for the government to take.

Of those surveyed, 47 percent believe that there is little chance that Israel would be nuked by Iran in a military confrontation, compared with 37 percent who think that such a scenario is highly likely.

Meanwhile, 61 percent of Israelis think that normalization deals with Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates, signed in September 2020, had met their expectations.