Monday, June 6, 2011

Poll: 77% of Israelis oppose returning to pre-'67 lines

77% of Israelis oppose returning to pre-1967 lines even if it would lead to a peace agreement and declarations by Arab states of an end to their conflict with Israel, a Dahaf Institute poll revealed Monday.

The poll found that large majorities of 85% and 75% respectively recognized the importance of maintaining a united Jerusalem under Israeli sovereignty within the framework of any final peace deal and opposed transferring the Temple Mount to Palestinian control even if the Western Wall were to remain in Israeli hands.

Regarding the Jordan Valley, 84% believe Israel must maintain control of the strategic border with Jordan even in the framework of a final peace agreement.

The poll found that 60% of Israelis believed that defensible borders would ensure security more than a peace agreement would and that 82% considered security concerns more important than a peace deal.