Forty-six years after the Six Day War physically united Jerusalem under Jewish
rule, 72 percent of Israeli Jews believe the city is functionally divided
between Jews and Arabs, according to a Jerusalem Post/Rafi Smith Inc. poll.
say they reject the idea of a Palestinian capital in any portion of Jerusalem,
with the implication being that they prefer a united Jerusalem. Only 15% say
they would support a divided plan for the city, whereby Israel would relinquish
sovereignty over some eastern portions of the city to allow for a Palestinian
Among those polled, 67% support a two-state solution, but
only 8% want a two-state solution based on the pre-1967 lines as proposed by the
Palestinians and the Arab League, according to the poll conducted by the Rafi
Smith Research Company on Monday.
Of the 500 Israeli Jewish adults
polled, 21% were religious or haredi, 29% were traditional and 50% were
The poll was conducted amidst a major United States push to
rekindle direct Israeli-Palestinian negotiations that have been largely frozen
The Palestinian leadership in Ramallah has been officially
pushing for a two-state solution based on the pre-1967 lines including a divided
Jerusalem, in accordance with the Arab League plan, which allows for minor land
swaps of equitable value.
The Israel government, in turn, wants a
two-state solution, with a united Jerusalem under Israeli sovereignty, and the
ability to retain all of the larger settlement blocs in Area C of the West Bank,
including Ma’aleh Adumim, Ariel and the Gush Etzion bloc.
US Secretary of
State John Kerry is looking to return to Israel for his fifth visit since March,
in hopes of helping Israelis and Palestinians break the impasse.
Wednesday, at the request of Meretz party leader MK Zehava Gal-On, the Knesset
plenum will hold a debate, with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu present, on
the question of the Arab League proposal.
On Monday Kerry urged Israelis
to summon the courage to achieve peace at a public address before the American
Jewish Committee in Washington.
But according to the Smith poll, Kerry is
mostly speaking to the converted, as only 33% of Israelis reject the notion of a
The question facing the other 67% of those polled is
what kind of final-status agreement should they stand behind. Only 8% of
Israelis support a two-state solution based on the pre-1967 lines. Forty percent
said they support a two-state solution in which Israel retained the major
settlement blocs. Another 19% favored the Bayit Yehudi solution in which Israel
annexes most if not all of Area C, so that it is able to retain all the
Significant differences were seen between secular and
religious poll respondents on the question of a two-state solution.
majority of the secular respondents, 83%, and only a minority of the religious
respondents, 28%, said they supported a two-state solution. Similarly, 72% of
religious respondents and 17% of secular respondents said they opposed a
The poll has a 4.5% margin of error.