In August, the United States began a series of brokered peace talks between the nations’ leaderships for the first time in almost five years. The goal of the talks is to culminate in an agreement within nine months.
The process began with the release of 26 Palestinian prisoners, but recently Palestine has expressed doubts that Israel will make the compromises necessary to make the peace talks successful. The continued construction of Jewish Settler homes in the West Bank makes Palestinian authorities feel that Israel is not taking the peace talks seriously.
“Somebody needs to tell the Israelis: ‘Give this peace process a chance, because if your pattern is to prevent Palestinians from coming to the negotiating table, you’re about to succeed,” said Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erakat.
Israelis appear similarly pessimistic. In late September, a series of attacks against Israeli troops has made Israeli leaders skeptical about the willingness of the Palestinians to cooperate in the name of peace. The Israeli Minister of Economy and Commerce posted on his Facebook page: “We cannot make peace with terrorists who throw the bodies of soldiers into pits; we must fight them without mercy.”
The American people display more optimism of the process. According to a survey from the Media and Public Opinion Research Group, only about one quarter of Americans expect the peace talks to fail completely. Over half believe that the peace talks can result in an agreement within the nine month timeline, provided concessions are made. 14% of Americans say that peace can be achieved, but it will take much longer.
For full results and demographic segmentation, see the full article at MPO Post.