The Geneva Initiative HQ in Israel has just released a new poll of Israeli public attitudes regarding Palestinian issues, the peace process, and latest developments. The poll was conducted by a well-respected Israeli research group — Gal Hachadash (“New Wave Research”). The survey was conducted among a representative sample of 600 Israelis with a +/-4% margin of error. The results show an Israeli public that is willing to be supportive of a peace process towards a realistic two-state solution, but that has lost belief in that process and that takes a more pragmatic attitude towards Hamas than its government. Here are the key findings:
1. Do you support or oppose Israel talking to Hamas at the present time regarding a ceasefire, preventing a humanitarian disaster in the Gaza Strip, resolving the issue of crossings, creating basic economic conditions, and securing the release of Gilad Shalit?
2. What should the government of Israel do?
Negotiate with President Abbas Negotiate with Syria.
Negotiate with both President Abbas and Syria.
None of the above.
3. Do you support or oppose Israel negotiating permanent status issues with President Abbas at the present time?
4. Belief that a permanent status agreement can be reached with Abbas:
Believe Don’t Believe
5. Support for a permanent status agreement between Israel and the Palestinians based on the substance of the Geneva Initiative and Clinton Parameters (respondents were read the content and not the name ‘Geneva/Clinton’):
6. Support for the Geneva Initiative by name:
(My guess is that the high number of undecideds results from the public, over time, not remembering the Geneva Initiative.)