World Bulletin / News Desk
Around 70 percent of Israelis do not view Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas as a true partner in the peace process, according to a new survey.
The survey, conducted by the Madgem institute and featured on the Knesset Channel late Monday, only 30 percent of polled Israelis saw Abbas as a possible peace partner.
Around 61 percent of the respondents refused a full withdrawal from the occupied West Bank as part of any future peace deal with the Palestinians, while 39 percent believed a pullout was needed to reach a final peace agreement.
At least 500,000 Israelis now live in more than one hundred Jewish-only settlements built since Israel occupied the West Bank and Al-Quds [occupied East Jerusalem] in 1967, according to a U.N. report in 2013.
The survey came weeks before U.S.-brokered talks between Israeli and Palestinian negotiators come to an end.
The talks, which resumed in Washington last summer after a nearly three-year pause, focus on a framework proposed by Secretary of State John Kerry for an eventual deal that addresses the final-status issues of borders, security, the fate of Palestinian refugees and the status of Al-Quds.
Abbas has repeatedly said that the Palestinian Authority would not compromise unalienable Palestinian rights nor recognize Israel as a "Jewish state."
Palestinians insist that the issue of Jewish settlements must be addressed before a comprehensive final-status agreement can be reached.
The Palestinians want the West Bank, along with the Gaza Strip, for their future state with Al-Quds as its capital.
A recent survey found that nine out of ten Palestinians opposed Kerry's proposed framework agreement.
According to the poll, which was carried out by Palestinian survey research center RIWI, 89 percent of Palestinians don't support the notion of making concessions in return for securing a final peace deal.Last Mod: 25 Mart 2014, 09:25