Poll: Most Israelis and Palestinians support Geneva Accord


Oct 9, 1999
More than half of Israelis and Palestinians support
an unofficial peace proposal that includes
unprecedented compromises for both sides,
according to a poll published Sunday.

The Geneva Accord, worked out
by former Israeli and
Palestinian negotiators,
calls for the formation of a
Palestinian state in the West
Bank and Gaza Strip, the
return of Palestinian
refugees to that state - but
not to Israel - and the
division of Jerusalem between
the two states.

Pollsters read a summary of the agreement to
Israelis and Palestinians, and found that 53
percent of the Israelis and almost 56 percent
of the Palestinians support it. Almost 44
percent of Israelis and 39 percent of
Palestinians said they would oppose such a

The summary did not specifically include the
fact that a hotly disputed site in the Old City
of Jerusalem - where the Al Aqsa Mosque
compound sits atop the ruins of the biblical
Jewish Temples - would be under Palestinian
sovereignty. Instead, it said, "Each side would
govern its holy sites."

There is considerable opposition in Israel to
ceding the site, Judaism's holiest, in a peace

The poll covered 610 Israeli citizens by
telephone, and 631 Palestinians, interviewed in
person. The poll quoted a margin of error of
four percentage points.

"This poll is a timely reminder of the fact that
majorities on both sides are prepared to
embrace an agreement that meets their
respective core aspirations and interests,"
said Edward Djerejian, a former U.S. ambassador
to Israel and Syria and director of the
Texas-based Baker Institute for Public Policy,
which conducted the poll together with the
International Crisis Group in Washington,
working for conflict prevention and

The group of Israeli and Palestinian officials
who worked out the deal in meetings over two
years have been distributing it among their
populations, hoping to win support.

Israel's government has categorically rejected
the plan, while the Palestinian Authority has
shown some interest.


Golden Member
May 15, 2003
the actual principles of the accords are a good step, but the manner in which the negotiations were made make it impossible. imagine if al gore and some cuban dissedents negotiated a treaty over ending communism. neither have to authority or the backing of their governments to do so. the labor party israeli's who did this were soundly defeated in the last election and many israeli's feel like they have given themselves a private mandate to go around negotiating treaties.

good idea, bad method


Dec 6, 1999
Wording of the summary is critical here. Change the way it is presented and clarify some of the concessions on both sides and you might see some major differences.


Nov 11, 1999
Yeh, this whole thing is likely giving Sharon and all the various proponents of "Greater Israel" an apoplectic fit- they have no intention of allowing the Palestinians anything but a short, miserable and dispossessed life, preferably somewhere outside the territory currently controlled by Israel...

Seems like a good deal for both sides, definitely worth a try. Face it, the Israelis can crush any real threat from a palestinian state with ease, if necessary.