Tuesday, January 09, 2007

They know the price of peace

Haaretz (Israel) presents survey results of Israeli public opinion by the excellent Tamar Herman. This was forwarded to us by Rafi Dajani of ATFP:

Peace Index / They know price of peace, but are unwilling to pay it
By Prof. Ephraim Yaar and Prof. Tamar Hermann

Education Minister Yuli Tamir's decision to have the Green Line marked on maps in schoolbooks, and the controversy it sparked, led us to reexplore this month the Israeli Jewish public's views on the future of the settlements and relations with the Palestinians. In keeping with the Knesset Education Committee, and unlike Tamir's position, the rate of those who prefer that the Green Line not be marked on the maps is higher than the rate of those who agree with her. Likewise, even though a considerable majority of the Jewish public realizes that it is impossible to reach a peace agreement with the Palestinians without evacuating most of the Jewish settlements in the territories, only a minority supports such an evacuation and an even smaller minority believes the Palestinians would sign a peace treaty in return. At the same time, opinions are divided on the government's recent decision to expand some settlements in the territories to absorb evacuees from the Gaza Strip. That is, at least some of the opponents of an evacuation oppose a further expansion of settlements, apparently out of a fear of aggravating relations with the Palestinians.


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