The American-brokered negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians that
began in Jerusalem last week will not lead to a final-status agreement that will
end the conflict, 79.7 percent of respondents said in a Gal Hadash poll
published in Friday’s Israel Hayom.
The poll of 500 respondents,
representing a statistical sample of the Hebrew-speaking adult Jewish population
found that only 6.2% believe a deal will be reached.
The remaining 14.1%
of respondents said they did not know.
Regarding Israel’s agreement to
release 104 Palestinian terrorists from prison as a gesture for the talks, 77.5%
said they opposed the move, 14.2% said they were in favor and 8.3% said they did
Asked whether they preferred releasing the prisoners or
freezing construction in Judea and Samaria, 62.9% said they favored a freeze,
11.3% chose the release of prisoners and 25.8% said they did not
The poll, taken Wednesday, had a 4.4% margin of error.
separate survey by Ma’agar Mohot for the Ma’ariv
newspaper found that 53% would
oppose and 39% support an agreement in which Israel would withdraw in Judea and
Samaria and relinquish security control over Arab cities in return for the
Palestinians recognizing Israel as a Jewish state and giving up their “right of
return” to pre-1967 Israel.
The poll was taken to mark the 20th
anniversary of the signing of the first Oslo Accord.
Asked whether the
accord helped or harmed Israel’s security, economy and diplomatic situation, 57%
said it had harmed the situation, 11% thought the accord had helped and 20% said
it had not made a difference.
The poll of 506 Jewish respondents had a
margin of error of 4.5%.