Israelis, Palestinians Deeply Disappointed with Annapolis Joint Truman-Palestinian Survey Shows

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December, 27 2007  - A public opinion poll published today shows deep disappointment among the Israeli and Palestinian public with the Annapolis peace conference.

The most recent Israeli and Palestinian public opinion poll conducted jointly by the Harry S. Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research in Ramallah, indicate the two publics' considerable disappointment with the Annapolis conference and its contribution to the advancement of the peace process. Only 16 percent of Israelis and 11 percent of Palestinians deemed Annapolis a success.

The joint poll further examined Israeli and Palestinian attitudes regarding a permanent settlement along the lines of President Clinton's package for a final status settlement and the Geneva Initiative against the backdrop of the resumption of the political process by the Palestinian and Israeli governments. The results document a decline in Israeli support for the package since 2005, although 53 percent still support these parameters. This figure is 47 percent among the Palestinians polled.

The findings also reveal significant skepticism among both Palestinians and Israelis regarding their leaders' ability to implement their commitments and to stand by their declared time frame. Only 23 percent of Palestinians and a mere 8 percent of Israelis believe their leaders will successfully conclude the permanent status negotiations before the end of 2008.

In addition, 32 percent of Palestinians and 55 percent of Israelis feel that the confrontations will not cease and that neither side will return to the negotiations table.

The Palestinian sample consisted of 1270 adults interviewed face-to-face in the West Bank and Gaza Strip in 127 randomly selected locations between December 11 and 16, 2007. The margin of error is 3%. The Israeli sample includes 564 adults interviewed by phone in Hebrew Arabic or Russian between December 11 and 19, 2007. The margin of error is 4%. The poll was planned and supervised by Dr. Yaacov Shamir, the Harry S. Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace and the Department of Communication and Journalism at the Hebrew University and Dr. Khalil Shikaki, director of the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research (PSR).

The joint survey was conducted with the support of the Ford Foundation Cairo office and the Konrad Adenauer Foundation in Ramallah.

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