Palestinians, Israelis, Differ in Their Views on US

June 4, 2013

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A recent Pew poll shows that Palestinians and Israelis have vastly different perspectives on the US, their respective relationships with that country, and the potential success of the peace process.  79% of Palestinians have a negative view of the US, as opposed to only 16% of Israelis.  Only 15% of Palestinians feel that US-Palestinian Authority relations are good, whereas 94% of Israelis believe in the strength of US-Israeli relations.  61% of Palestinians do not see a future Palestinian state being established successfully, and if it is, most feel violence is the most effective way to make it happen.  Israelis, on the other hand, feel negotiations will bring about Palestinian statehood and peaceful coexistence.  Only 38% think that goal is unattainable.  Notably, 42% of Israeli respondents said that Jewish building in Judaea and Samaria poses a security risk.

The one area in which both Palestinians and Israelis seem to agree is the role of US President Barack Obama: 49% of Israelis and 41% of Palestinians think he should take a more active role in the Mideast peace process.


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