Israelis more optimistic on Palestinian state than Palestinians, Pew Research Center poll says

( Israelis are more optimistic about the establishment of an independent Palestinian state than Palestinians themselves, and Palestinians favor armed struggle as their means of achieving statehood, a new Pew Research Center survey found.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in September 2010 in Jerusalem. Credit: State Department.

The survey said 50 percent of Israelis believe “there is a way for Israel and an independent Palestinian state to coexist peacefully,” while only 14 percent of Palestinians support that statement. Regarding the best way to achieve statehood, an armed struggle was the most popular answer among Palestinians, at 45 percent, while 15 percent supported negotiations and 15 percent supported nonviolent resistance.

Eighty-three percent of Israeli respondents viewed the U.S. favorably, compared with 16 percent of Palestinians. Forty-seven percent of Israelis, but just 2 percent of Palestinians, said U.S. policies in the Middle East are fair. Sixty-one percent of Israelis, and 15 percent of Palestinians, expressed confidence in U.S. President Barack Obama's handling of world affairs.

Posted on May 10, 2013 .