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Just over half of Israelis, Palestinians support two-state solution: poll

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New poll shows strong mutual distrust between Israelis and Palestinians.

Just over half of Israelis and Palestinians are in favor of the establishment of two-state peace agreement, which would see the establishment of a Palestinian state alongside Israel, a new poll released Monday found.

The survey of 1,270 Palestinians and 1,184 Israelis jointly conducted by the Israel Democracy Institute and the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research found that 51 percent of Palestinians and 59 percent of Israelis still support a two-state solution. 

The results of the poll, says Israeli political scientist Tamar Hermann, were "not amazingly encouraging," but also "not discouraging."

"It showed there is still some basis for optimism with the right leadership," the Times of Israel quotes Hermann. "Right now I don’t see on the horizon a leader on either side willing or capable of using this as a springboard for intensifying the negotiations. But it’s not impossible."

Among Israelis, 53 percent of Jews and 87 percent of Israeli-Arabs supported the establishment of an independent Palestinian state. 

The idea of a single state shared by both Israeli and Palestinians with equal rights was supported by only 34 percent of Palestinians and 20 percent of Israelis.

After decades of failed negotiations and amid a wave of violence between Israelis and Palestinians over the past year, both Israelis and Palestinians responded high levels of distrust in one another.

According to the poll, 89 percent of Palestinians feel Jews are untrustworthy while 65 percent of Israelis harbored feelings of distrust towards Palestinians.

Hermann cited a number of factors as contributing towards the surprisingly high levels of fear and distrust among Israelis. A lack of contact between Israelis and Palestinians makes it easier to "dehumanize the other side," she said, while Israeli leaders and the media portray Palestinians as "utterly hostile."

"The only images the average Israeli, and I suppose the average Palestinian, gets are the negative ones," she said.

US-brokered peace talks collapsed in April 2014 and the situation has since deteriorated, with the prospects of fresh dialogue appearing increasingly remote.

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There you go then, Israeli 'democracy' demands the Palestinian state. Of course, Bibi will ignore.

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