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Just 1 in 3 young Jewish Israelis say Palestinians ‘deserve’ a state

Demonstrators hold Palestinian flags in Ramallah, West Bank [Shadi Hatem/Anadolu Agency]
Demonstrators hold Palestinian flags in Ramallah, West Bank [Shadi Hatem/Anadolu Agency]

Just one in three young Jewish Israelis believe that Palestinians deserve statehood, according to a new poll whose results were released this week.

The monthly Peace Index of the Israel Democracy Institute and Tel Aviv University, found that 35 per cent of Jewish Israelis aged 18-34 support “the Palestinians’ right to a state”.

Fifty-four per cent of those aged 35-54 support it, and in the oldest age group, 61 per cent support it.

Overall, “half of the Jewish Israeli public thinks that Palestinians deserve an independent state”, while 43 per cent think they do not.

Israel minister: Two-state solution is ‘dead’

Meanwhile, the poll also found that 47 per cent of Jewish Israelis support signing an agreement based on the “two-state solution” formula, while 46 per cent do not.

In addition, 83 per cent of Jewish Israelis think that “the Palestinians must recognise Israel as the nation-state of the Jewish people before peace talks with them can be revived”.

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