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As Palestine Launches Statehood Bid, 69% of Israelis Say Israel Should Accept U.N. Decision

September 24, 2011 by Brett Wilkins in Israel/Palestine, World with 0 Comments

Nearly 70% of Israelis believe that their country ought to accept Palestinian statehood if that is what the United Nations decides

According to the Jerusalem Post, 69% of 605 Israeli respondents to a Hebrew University of Jerusalem poll said that if the U.N. recognizes a Palestinian state, Israel should accept the decision. Thirty-four percent said Israel should then begin negotiations to establish that state; 35% said Israel should not allow any changes on the ground by Palestinians. Sixteen percent said Israel should stand against the decision and increase illegal settlement construction in the occupied Palestinian territories. Seven percent said Israel should annex Palestinian territories, while four percent want Israel to invade Palestinian territories in order to prevent the establishment of a Palestinian state.

More than 1,200 Palestinians were also surveyed in the poll, with the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research asking them how Israel could be made to quit Palestinian lands. More than 1/4– 26%– said Palestinian resistance fighters should renew attacks on Israel Defense Forces (IDF) troops and illegal Israeli settlers. Thirty-seven percent said they favored nonviolent resistance. Thirty percent said direct negotiations with Israel were the way to go.

In any case, the survey may have been an exercise in futility; as the respondents themselves seemed to implicitly acknowledge, with 77% of Palestinians and 79% of Israelis saying they believed that the United States would use its veto power in the U.N. Security Council to block Palestinian U.N. membership.

The world will soon find out since, despite heavy U.S. pressure, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas went ahead and asked the U.N. to recognize a Palestinian state yesterday in New York. According to Voice of America, Abbas received a standing ovation when he addressed the gathered General Assembly. He called Israel “the occupying power” and said the Jewish state’s illegal seizure of Palestinian lands is a policy of “colonial settlement occupation.” Abbas said that no one with a “shred of conscience” could be opposed to Palestine’s statehood bid.

U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon later forwarded Palestine’s application for statehood to the Security Council for review, where the United States will all but certainly kill it. It could take weeks for the issue to be decided.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu countered with a proposition for immediate peace talks, but decades of such talks have yielded little for Palestinians accept for more death, suffering and settlements.

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