Poll: Majority of Palestinians now support two-state solution
Some 54 percent of the Palestinians support a two-state solution on the basis of the 1967 lines, with border corrections and no massive return of refugees, confirming that there has been a change in Palestinian public opinion since the death of Yasser Arafat.
The findings of a comprehensive public opinion poll among 1,319
respondents conducted at the end of December contrast with those of a similar
poll done in December 2003, which showed only 39 percent of the Palestinians
supported an agreement with
The pollsters presented the people with a series of articles that were reminiscent of the Clinton Framework of 2000 and the Geneva Accord deal of 2003, without naming the source of the particulars. Most of the findings of the joint poll point to a significant rise in the support for reconciliation between the peoples and a peace agreement, since Arafat's replacement by Mahmoud Abbas.
Dr. Khalil Shikaki,
head of the Center for Palestinian Policy and
Research in Ramallah, conducted his poll in the last
days of 2004, while the IDF was conducting operations throughout the
Support for mutual recognition
Some 63 percent of the Palestinians support the proposal that after the
establishment of the state of
On the Israeli side, 70 percent supported the proposal for mutual recognition, and 16 percent were opposed. In 2003, 65 percent supported the proposal and 33 percent were opposed.
Some 63 percent of the Palestinians said they definitely agreed or
agreed with the statement: "The Palestinian state will be established on
all of the
A similar question posed in December 2003 won 57 percent support, compared to 41 percent who were against.
Tougher stances on
On the issue of
A similar question posed in 2003 won 46 percent support and was opposed by 52 percent. On the Israeli side, 39 percent were in favor and 60 percent opposed. In 2003, 41 percent were in favor and 57 percent opposed.
A solution for the refugees
The poll reveals a major change in the Palestinian position regarding the refugees. According to the principles of the Clinton Framework and the Geneva Accord, the solution to the problem will be based on UN decisions 194 and 242, and include five possibilities from which the refugees can choose: to remain in their current countries; a return to the Palestinian state; a return to the Palestinian state as part of the territorial exchange; emigration to Europe or other countries like Australia and Canada; or a return to Israel, which would be limited and decided on by Israel, with Israel basing its decision on the average number of refugees who emigrate to countries like Australia, Canada and Europe. In addition, all refugees will be eligible for financial compensation from an international fund.
The poll in 2003 showed that only 25 percent of the Palestinians supported such an arrangement for the refugees, while in the latest poll the proposal now wins support from 46 percent of the Palestinians, with 50 percent opposed. On the Israeli side, 44 percent support such an arrangement, compared to 35 percent last year.
Ending the conflict
Some 69 percent of the Palestinians support an agreement that includes a
declaration of the end of the conflict with
Most Palestinians - 61 percent - opposed the following statement:
"The state of
Only 27 percent of the Palestinians accepted that proposal. In December 2003, when it was last asked - without the element of the multinational force - 36 percent were in favor and 63 percent opposed.
Some 53 percent of the Palestinians supported the following statement:
Some 45 percent of the Palestinians opposed that. Last year only 23 percent supported this, compared with 67 percent who were opposed. On the Israeli side, 61 percent supported this approach while 37 percent opposed the article's inclusion in any final peace agreement.
Source : Haaretz
"isaac m'bazbaz" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed, 29 Nov 2006 17:43:50 -0500
So, when do you think this will materialize on the political and diplomatic front?