A little more than half of Israeli Jews are in favor of Israel conducting peace negotiations with the Palestinian Authority, a position shared by nearly three fourths of Israeli Arabs.
That was one of the findings of the September “Peace Index,” published this week by the Israel Democracy Institute. Based on a poll of Israelis conducted Oct. 6-8, the Peace Index finds the two Israeli communities in near agreement on many issues.
For instance, few (5.7 percent of Jews and 7.5 percent of Arabs) believe that negotiations will lead to peace.
Asked if Prime Minister Netanyahu was genuinely committed to a two-state solution, 59 percent of Jews and 72 percent of Arabs said no.
Respondents were asked who is the more impressive leader, U.S. President Barack Obama or Russian President Vladimir Putin. Jews preferred Putin 50.5 percent versus 23.4 percent for Obama. Arabs preferred Putin 28.7 compared to 27 percent for Obama.
According to IDI, “the survey included 600 respondents, who constitute a representative national sample of the adult population of Israel aged 18 and over. The maximum measurement error for the entire sample is ±4.1 percent at a confidence level of 95 percent.”