Published On: Tue, Dec 8th, 2015

Poll: 71% of Israeli Jews say peace deal would not end Palestinian terror

Poll shows most Israelis believe Palestinian leadership planned the violence.


Seventy-one percent of Israeli Jews said that signing an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal would not bring an end to Palestinian terrorism against Jews, according to the latest Peace Index poll from the Israel Democracy Institute and Tel Aviv University. The poll was conducted by telephone from November 30-December 1 by the Midgam Research Institute, with 600 respondents constituting a representative national sample of the Israeli adult population. The margin of error is 4.1% at a confidence level of 95%.


The poll found that 67 percent of Israelis feared being hurt in a terrorist attack, as opposed to 57% last month.

The amount of Israeli Arabs who feared for their own or their loved ones’ safety declined in the last month from 78% to 68%.

Most Israelis (61%) believe the current wave of terrorism was planned and guided by Palestinian leadership, while only 21% believe it was spontaneous.

Members of left-wing parties were more likely to believe the violence broke out spontaneously – Meretz 41%, Zionist Union 37% – than other parties.

Most Israeli Arabs (59%) viewed the wave of terrorism as a popular effort, not organized by Palestinian leaders.

Over half of Jewish respondents (54%) agreed with security officials’ label of the wave of terror as a “limited uprising, ” not an Intifada, while 42.9% disagree. Among Israeli Arabs, 46% agree and 40% do not.

Jewish Israelis (71%) agree that signing a peace treaty with the Palestinians would not bring an end to Palestinian terrorism against Jews; 41.8% said they were certain it would not, while 29.3% said they think it would not.

Israeli Arabs believed the opposite, with 72% saying a peace agreement would end terrorism.

What Israelis think about the Islamic State

Less than half (45%) of Jewish Israelis said they thought the likelihood of destroying IS was high, and even if that happened, it would not eradicate Islam, according to 58% of Jewish Israelis.

Conversely, most Israeli Arabs (61%) thought the West is highly likely to defeat IS and 55% thought such a defeat would be a fatal blow to radical Islam.

Most Jewish Israelis (59%) thought that most Muslims do not support IS and only one percent fewer thought most Israeli Arabs do not support the group. The vast majority of Israeli Arabs (87%) said most Muslims do not support IS, and even more (89%) said the same of Israeli Arabs.

Only 10% of Israelis said they are sure most Israeli Arabs do support IS, though most voters for United Torah Judaism, Shas and Yisrael Beytenu (64%, 56.5% and 55% respectively) agreed with the assertion.

The public image of Israeli Knesset members

Less than 1% (.9%) of Jewish Israelis think Knesset members set a good example to the public through their behavior. Over three-quarters of Jewish Israelis (77%) and most (62.5%) Israeli Arabs think the personal quality of MKs has declined in recent years.

Only 28.6% of respondents said MKs work hard and do their jobs well, though the rate of pride in MKs from the party from which a respondent voted is 54.4%. Voters for three parties are more likely to not be proud of their MKs’ work: Yisrael Beytenu (62%), Likud  (52%) and Kulanu (51%).

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