Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and John Kerry..
(photo credit: GPO/Haim Zach)
A majority of Israelis believe Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s government
will be able to withstand pressure from US Secretary of State John Kerry to
accept a diplomatic plan that would not be good for Israel, according to a poll
The monthly Peace Index poll, taken by the Israel
Democracy Institute and Tel Aviv University, found that 51 percent of Israelis
believe Netanyahu could stand up to such pressure and 43% think he
The poll found that 48% of Jewish Israelis answered the question
affirmatively and 47% negatively. Among Arabs, 65% said yes and 21% said
The poll found that 53% of Jewish Israelis oppose the US exertion of
pressure on the two sides, pushing them toward an agreement, while 43% support
such pressure. Among Arab Israelis, 79% support the US exerting pressure on both
sides, and 18% oppose it.
The percentage of Israelis who believe the US
is committed to maintaining Israel’s security is higher than the percentage who
think the US is committed to reaching a peace agreement between the Palestinians
and the Jewish state.
Sixty six percent said the US, and particularly
Secretary of State John Kerry, is committed to ensuring Israel’s security in
negotiations with the Palestinians.
The percentage who believe the US
wants to reach a peace agreement is 62%.
More than half of the Jewish
respondents, 55%, said they believe it is currently impossible to build trust
between Israelis and Palestinians, while 43% said it can be done. Among Israeli
Arabs, the numbers were much different, with 74% saying trust can be built and
25% saying no.
A large majority of both Jewish and Arab Israelis said the
leadership of Israel and the Palestinian Authority were responsible for building
The survey of 606 respondents constituting a representative
sample of the adult population of Israel was conducted last Monday and
The measurement error for a sample of this size is 4.5