United Nations Security Council chamber 311.
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Palestinians support the PA plan to seek statehood in the United
Nations in September, according to a poll published on Tuesday by the
Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research (PSR) in Ramallah. Nearly
two-thirds of Palestinians (57%) and half of Israelis (51%) believe
that the United Nations General Assembly will vote to accept the
Palestinian state in September. However, three-quarters of Palestinians
(76%) and two-thirds (65%) of Israelis think that the United States will
veto its acceptance.
According to the report, "65%
of the Palestinians (surveyed) believe they should go to the UN in
September to obtain recognition for their state."
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The poll, which asked Palestinians and Israelis
about their expectations of the upcoming Palestinian statehood bid in
September, also reported that "58% of the Palestinians support the Saudi
(Arab peace) initiative and 38% oppose it, while 29% of the Israelis
support (it) and 61% oppose it."
The Arab Peace Initiative calls
for Israel to retreat to the pre-1967 lines, including Jerusalem, the
Golan Heights, Gaza and the West Bank, in exchange for recognition of
and normalization of relations with Israel by all Arab states, according
to the PSR report.
Additionally, "almost 60% of Israelis think Israel should accept the
decision if indeed the UN recognizes a Palestinian state, and either
start negotiations with the Palestinians about its implementation or not
allow any change on the ground by the Palestinians, (while) 20% believe
Israel should oppose the decision and intensify the construction in the
settlements," according to the report.
The PSR report also noted that the March 2011
poll results showed a "similar level of support for the plan (Arab
Peace Initiative) among both Israelis and Palestinians."