IMRA Weekly Commentary..
24 August '16..
The headlines covering a poll of Palestinians and Israelis this week claimed that there is still slightly more support for the "two-state solution" than opposition.
But if you spend 60 seconds actually reading the poll results you will understand that the Palestinian street is dead set against the two-state solution.
Let's walk through some key results of the Joint Poll conducted by the Israel Democracy Institute (IDI) in Jerusalem and the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research (PSR) in Ramallah, in partnership with and support from the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) and with funding from the European Union (EU).
Let's focus on the results for Palestinians from the West Bank and eastern Jerusalem interviewed between June 2 and 4, 2016.
When questioned regarding support for a two state solution, there was indeed a 50.9%:47.6% majority for a two state solution.
But most - 58.3% - oppose dropping further claims against Israel or considering the conflict over if a two-state solution is implemented.
The "two state solution" isn't a final solution. It’s clearly a step towards something else.
Hint: They oppose a demilitarized state 81.6%:16.0% !!
As for Jerusalem, even if Israel doesn't have a square centimeter of the Jewish Quarter or the Western Wall that's still not enough for the Palestinians.
They oppose having western Jerusalem as the capital of Israel 70.3%:27.3%. Repeat: western Jerusalem! That's the part of Jerusalem that Jordan never occupied.
When all the major elements of what has commonly be considered the "deal" are taken into account, Palestinians from the West Bank and eastern Jerusalem oppose the deal 61.5%:37.3%.
The Palestinian street is dead set against the two-state solution.
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