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last updated Feb. 4, 2010
published Jan. 12, 1999
Poll No. 35, December 1999 - On Palestinian & Israeli Attitudes Towards the future of the Peace Process
Read more:  Oslo accords, refugees, Jerusalem, public opinion
Summary: Introduction
  
• Palestinians and Israelis believe that hostilities will continue between Israel and the Arabs even after the conclusion of a peace agreement.

• The notion of peace and its consequences are viewed differently by both sides.
  
• The Palestinian and Israeli public continue to have major differences and the distrust in the intentions of the other side remains strong.

o The majority of Palestinians and Israelis believe that any future agreement between the Israelis and Palestinians will not bring an end to the hostilities between the two sides. 54.6% of the Israelis and 60.8% of the Palestinians stated that a “two state for two people” will probably or surely not bring the hostilities to an end.

o The majority of Israelis (65.3%: 72.7% of Jews and 4.9% of Arab Israelis) oppose the withdrawal by Israel to the 1967 borders. In fact 57.2% of Israelis believe in a Jewish State over the entire area west of the River Jordan. For the Palestinians, 78.3% want either a Palestinian or an Islamic state over this area.

• Both the Palestinians and Israelis perceive the solutions to the Jerusalem and Palestinian refugee issues oppositely.

o Regarding the future of Jerusalem, 72.5% of the Israeli pubic want Jerusalem to be the unified capital of the Jewish state and 57.9% of the Palestinians want unified Jerusalem to be either a capital of Palestine (32.9%) or the capital of the Muslims (25.0%).

o As for the future of the refugees, 52.6% of the Israelis want refugees to be settled in the place of their present residence, while 71.3% of the Palestinians want them to return to their place of origin in historic Palestine.

• Israelis are a little more optimistic about the future than are Palestinians.

o Although the percentage of Israelis and Palestinians who believe that the Oslo process will lead to a settlement between both Israelis and Palestinians is similar, this percentage is still a minority among both societies (42% among Israelis and 34.7% among Palestinians).

o Israelis are also more optimistic about the establishment of a Palestinian state than are Palestinians. Whereas 78.1% of the Israelis are either surely (47.3%) or probably (30.8%) confident that the Oslo process will lead to a Palestinian state, only 9.3% of Palestinians are surely confident and 42.2% are probably confident that such a result will emanate out of this process.

o Israelis perceive the Palestinian Authority more positively than the Palestinians perceive the Israeli government. Whereas 59.6% of Israelis think that the Palestinian Authority is genuine about reaching peace with Israel, only 23.5% of the Palestinians think that the Israei government is genuine about reaching peace with the Palestinians.
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Jerusalem Day March near the Old City
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US Letter of Assurances on the Terms of the Peace, 1991
Ariel Sharon's Speech at the Aqaba Summit


Publications
The Palestinian Council
Poll No. 53, December 18-20, 2004 - On Palestinian Attitudes Towards The Palestinian Political Issues
Poll No. 23, November 1997 - On Palestinian Attitudes Towards Current Issues


Background
Public opinion (Palestinian)
Refugees and internally displaced persons
Minorities (Israeli)


Resources
Plan Dalet: Master Plan for the Conquest of Palestine by Walid Khalidi, Journal of Palestine Studies.V XVIII Number 1, 1988.
The Case of Sheikh Jarrah, UN OCHA, October 2010 (pdf file)
Nablus city website


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