What do Palestinians and Israelis Think About the UN Vote?

September 21, 2011 , , , 0 Comments

Earlier this month, Diwaniyya spoke with Khalil Shikaki, director of the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research (PSR) in Ramallah, about Palestinian public opinion on the UN vote on Palestinian statehood coming up later this week. 

PSR has just released the results of two new polls tracking public opinion on the vote. 

PSR Poll No. 41 found that 83% of Palestinians support going to the UN Security Council to obtain recognition of Palestine as a state. It also found that 74% believe there is no point in returning to negotiations with Israel without acceptable terms of reference, or without freezing settlement construction, and that therefore President Abbas is right in seeking UN involvement.

A new joint Israeli-Palestinian poll, conducted in collaboration with the Harry S. Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, explored Israeli and Palestinian attitudes regarding the UN vote, as well as exploring salient domestic issues in each public.

This poll found that over 80% of Palestinians support turning to the UN to obtain recognition of a Palestinian state, and about 70% of Israelis think that if the UN recognizes a Palestinian state, Israel should accept the decision.

Majorities on both sides, 77% of the Palestinians and 79% of the Israelis, believe that the US will use its veto power in the UN Security Council in order to prevent the UN from admitting the state of Palestine as a UN member.

To see the results of these and other polls conducted by PSR, visit the PSR website. 

Alona Ferber

Diwaniyya Contributor