Latest Israeli-Palestinian Opinion Poll: Weak Israeli Support for Backing Rebels in Syria


Jerusalem – Less than 10% of Israelis back giving any kind of military Israeli support to the rebel forces in Syria, according to the latest Israeli-Palestinian public opinion poll conducted jointly by the Harry S. Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research in Ramallah.

The survey shows that only 6% of Israelis support supplying weapons and ammunition to the rebel forces, with just 3% supporting direct military intervention by Israel on their behalf. Opposing this, 62% of Israelis are say they are against any kind of Israeli involvement in the events in Syria, while 26% say that would back providing humanitarian aid as well as asylum to rebel refugees.

Regarding negotiations with the Palestinians, the survey shows that most Israelis believe that the chances of returning to the negotiating table are weak at this point. Most of the Israeli respondents (68%) reject the pre-conditions demanded by the Palestinians – a return by Israel to the pre-1967 borders, with some mutually agreed-upon swaps of territory, and stopping all construction in the territories. As for the Palestinians, the majority surveyed (58%) also opposed returning to the negotiations unless these pre-conditions were fulfilled.