Poll: Israelis Believe in Peaceful Coexistence, Palestinians Don't

(Pew Research Center) According to a Pew poll released May 9, Israelis, on balance, believe a way can be found for an independent Palestinian state to coexist peacefully with their country. Palestinians, on the other hand, overwhelmingly do not think this is possible, and a plurality believes armed struggle rather than negotiations or nonviolent resistance is the best way to achieve statehood. 83% of Israelis view the U.S. favorably, while 79% of Palestinians view it unfavorably. In the region, 86% or more in Lebanon, Jordan, the Palestinian territories, Egypt, Tunisia and Turkey have an unfavorable view of Israel. Majorities in France, Germany and China also express negative opinions of the Jewish state. The U.S. is the only country surveyed where a majority (57%) gives Israel a favorable rating.

2013-05-10 00:00:00

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