Majority of Israelis support two-state solution: pollSouce:Xinhua Publish By Thomas Whittle Updated 19/12/2012 8:09 am in World / no comments
JERUSALEM, Dec. 18 — A new poll published on Tuesday revealed that 62 percent of Israelis support the two-state solution and believe it is the best option for the Israeli state, the Jerusalem Post reported.
The poll was conducted among 500 people from a representative sample of the adult Jewish population, carried out by the Smith Research group for the Blue and White Future organization.
The research showed 69 percent of the respondents aged 50 and above supported the two-state solution, compared to 63 percent among ages 30-49 and 42 percent among those aged 18-29.
Moreover, 25 percent of those aged 18-29 supported annexing the Palestinian territories without giving the Palestinians full civil rights, compared to 16 percent of those aged 30-49 and seven percent of those above the age of 50.
As for the age factor, the survey showed that younger people tended towards more right-wing positions than adults.
In response to the survey’s results, the co-chairman of the ” Blue and White Future” organization Gilad Sher said that the Israeli public is “starting to internalize” the idea of the need for a two-state solution.
He added that the responsibility of the government is to push in that direction, telling the Jerusalem Post that it is in the country’s “national interest” to do so.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu endorsed the two- state solution during his Bar Ilan speech in June 2009.
In an interview made two months ago to the Israeli Channel 2 news, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said the Palestinians are striving for peace based on the two-state solution.
Peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians came to a halt in 2010 over Israel’s construction in the West Bank settlements.