Posted by AAI on June 17, 2009 in News Clips
On Monday, June 15th pollsters from both sides of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict came together to present “United for the Two-State Solution: The Popular Mandate for Israeli-Palestinian Peace”. The event was co-sponsored by the Arab American Institute, OneVoice Movement, J Street , Americans for Peace Now, American Task Force on Palestine, Brit Tzedek v’Shalom, Churches for Middle East Peace, and Israel Policy Forum.
The briefing, held for Congressional staffers, was attended by nearly 100 guests. Discussion panelists included Nader Said, General Director of Arab World for Research and Development and pollster for the OneVoice Movement; Mina Zemach, Professional Director, Dahaf Research Institute and pollster for the OneVoice Movement; James Zogby, Founder and President of the Arab American Institute and Senior Advisor for Zogby International; Jim Gerstein, Principal of gerstein│agne and pollster for J Street. Moderating the event was Colin Irwin, Senior Research Fellow of the institute of Irish Studies and the University of Liverpool, also a pollster for the OneVoice Movement.
Pollsters from the OneVoice Movement, an international grassroots movement aimed at amplifying the moderate voices in both Israel and Palestine, questioned both Israelis and Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza. The poll was aimed at “practical working solutions” to the conflict. As Said and Zemach both presented, a “vast majority” of Israelis and Palestinians support a two state solution, and believe negotiated peace is “essential”.
James Zogby discussed the results of a recent Zogby International poll which found that a “super majority” of Arab Americans agree that Israelis and Palestinians both have the right to a secure and independent state.
Jewish Americans also continue to support “assertive American leadership to achieve a two-state solution”, said Jim Gerstein, J Street pollster.
The briefing demonstrated the common thread in public opinion of Israelis, Palestinians, Arab Americans, and Jewish Americans alike. The moderate voices are “United for the two-state solution”.