ISRAEL - Support for Two-State Solution Falls

Arno Froese

Support for a two-state solution among Israelis and Palestinians has dropped to a record low following years of a moribund peace process and several rounds of violent military confrontation.

According to a new poll conducted by Tel Aviv University and the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research in Ramallah, only 43 percent of both Israeli Jews and Palestinians back such a negotiated end to the conflict, a decline of 9 and 8 points since 2016, respectively.

Support for a two-state solution has been steadily eroding among Jews and Palestinians for a decade, the pollsters noted, although among Israeli Arabs support has largely remained “stable and very high” at 82 percent.

“A plurality or a majority of Israelis and Palestinians, respectively, believe that settlements have expanded so much that the two-state solution is no longer viable,” the pollsters wrote. “Large majorities on both sides believe the other side is untrustworthy. The perceived lack of feasibility and the lack of trust are closely connected to opposition to the plan. Findings also show a net decline over the last two years in the percentage of Israeli Jews and Palestinians who think the other side wants peace.”

Overall, trust between the two sides seems to have broken down almost completely, with only a quarter of Israeli Jews trusting Palestinians and 11 percent of Palestinians reciprocating that trust. Both sides are extremely skeptical that a Palestinian state will be established in the next five years, with 72 percent of Palestinians and 81 percent of Israeli Jews saying they do not expect this to happen.

The poll, which had a margin of error of 2.5 percent, was supported by the United Nations, European Union and Japan., 13 August 2018

Arno's commentary

To establish an Arab-Palestinian state in the heart of Israel is unworkable, unrealistic, and extremely dangerous.

One of the most important items is trust, and as the poll indicated, there is little to none. The other item is the continued anti-Israeli propaganda from the Arab-Palestinian side. Educational institutions throughout the Palestinian-controlled areas are blatantly anti-Semitic, even openly teaching children and adults that it is the right thing to hate, and if possible, kill Jews. This is reinforced by their renaming of streets and places after terrorists who have indiscriminately killed Jewish women and children. Yet Arab-Palestinians do not stand alone; virtually the entire Muslim world continues to openly proclaim that any and all conflicts in the land of Israel are the fault of the Jews.

Here we are reminded of Psalm 83:4: “They have said, Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation; that the name of Israel may be no more in remembrance.”

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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