Posted on December 13, 2012 in Press Releases

For Immediate Release
Contact: Omar Tewfik (202) 652-4988

New Poll: What Palestinians and Israelis Really Think about Prospects for Peace
AAI to release the findings of a new survey on December 19th at the New America Foundation

During the month of September 2012, Zogby Research Services conducted a comprehensive, unprecedented survey of Israeli Jews and Arabs; Palestinians in the West Bank, Gaza, and East Jerusalem; Palestinian refugees in Lebanon and Jordan; and the American Jewish community. The survey was conducted for the Sir Bani Yas Forum, a joint effort between the UAE and Chatham House.

The polling, which establishes opportunities and challenges confronting peacemakers, examines areas where consensus can be found between the parties and identifies problems impeding agreement on key issues.

Among the findings, the survey reveals that:  

  • Despite serious obstacles, the two-state solution remains the only viable option acceptable to all parties;
  • Mutual trust has been broken and yet there are specific behavioral initiatives that each side can take that would increase the prospects for peace; and
  • While there are deep differences in attitudes on individual "final status" issues, the parties demonstrate greater flexibility when presented with comprehensive peace plans.

AAI President Jim Zogby stated:

“While the deep divisions are expected given the lack of progress on peace, the utility of this data can be found in the areas where common ground can be reached or, at least, where impediments to consensus can be identified. In this nexus between potential agreement and likely barriers, we find ideas that can advance peacemaking efforts and as such, a potential framework for renewed negotiations.”

The poll will be released on December 19th at the New America Foundation featuring a panel of experts. AAI maintains an extensive and comprehensive archive of Arab American, Arab and U.S. opinion polls covering a wide range of issues.

When:  Wednesday, December 19, 2012. 10:00am – 11:30am

Where: The New America Foundation, 1899 L Street, N.W., Suite 400

Who: Jim Zogby, President, AAI and Zogby Research Services; Peter Beinart, Senior Fellow, New American Foundation and Author, The Crisis of Zionism; Lara Friedman, Director of Policy and Government Relations, Americans for Peace Now; and Yousef Munayyer, Executive Director, The Palestine Center.

Reporters interested in attending the briefing should RSVP to Omar Tewfik (202) 652-4988