|White House photo by Pete Souza|
JERUSALEM - A joint survey of Israelis and Palestinians published today once again reveals that far more Israelis support continuation of the Middle East peace talks than do Palestinians.
Conducted by the Harry S. Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace at the Hebrew University and the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research in Ramallah, the poll asked roughly 2,000 Israelis Jews and Palestinian Arabs if they believed the current direct peace talks should continue.
An overwhelming 78 percent of Israelis said the talks should continue, though at present only 5 percent had any hope they would result in an actual peace agreement. By contrast, only 30 percent of Palestinians wanted the peace talks to continue, while 41 percent said they support a return to armed violence against Israel’s Jews.
Sixty-three percent of Israelis said they fear another explosion of terrorist violence in the near future.