Saturday, February 28, 2009

Poll: Israelis oppose two state solution

Beware of all polls of course, few things are easier to manipulate while at the same time exuding an aura of veracity and definiteness, but the one reported below is difficult to ignore. Despite the considerable error margin of 4.5 %, the split between support for (32 %) and opposition to (51 %) the two state solution is very significant. It's also hard to see how this result doesn't tie in with the overwhelming and almost constant support for the war in Gaza and the further veering to the Far Right of Israeli politics...


H/T Mondoweiss

Source.

On Feb. 10, Israel held a legislative election. The outcome was too close to call, with the ruling Kadima and the rightist Likud party garnering roughly the same amount of votes. Israeli president Shimon Peres will ask either Kadima leader Tzipi Livni or Likud leader and former prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu to form a government.

Following the election, David Makovsky—director of the Washington Institute’s Project on the Middle East Peace Process—commented on the way a new government would deal with current situation, saying, "Livni deeply believes that a two-state solution is in Israel’s national interest based on the democratic threats of holding onto the West Bank. You don’t sense that with Bibi [Netanyahu]."

Polling Data

In light of the experience with disengagement, the Second Lebanon War and the war against Hamas in Gaza, do you support or oppose the establishment of an independent Palestinian state in Judea and Samaria?

Support

32%

Oppose

51%

Neither

8%

Not sure

9%

Source: Maagar Mochot / Channel 2
Methodology: Telephone interviews with 1,894 Israeli adults, conducted on Feb. 2 and Feb. 3, 2009. Margin of error is 4.5 per cent.

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