Poll Result Analysis: Israel-Palestine Two-State Solution

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R1. The Richman poll may have placed a positive spin on the figures, but there remains a substantial and highly vocal portion of the Israeli public that does not support a two-state solution. Other polls have shown even more dismal support for a Palestinian state and left-of-center policies in general. According to NPR in 2010: "if elections were held today, left-leaning Labor, the party that used to control Israeli politics, would only get nine seats in the 120-member Knesset. Left-leaning parties in all would only get about 47 seats. On the other hand, the right-leaning nationalist and religious parties would get about 73 seats... Analysts say there are several reasons why the rise of the right in Israel is no temporary phenomenon. The first is demographic. Israel's population is becoming more religious. Orthodox and ultra-Orthodox Jews have bigger families" (Garcia-Navarro 2010). Even when the Israeli courts have ruled a settlement illegal, the conservative Likud government has not acted: "Israel's highest court...ruled that the Jewish settler outpost of Ulpana in the West Bank was built on privately owned Palestinian land," but Prime Minister Netanyahu "established a special committee to see how permits could be provided to keep the outpost from being torn down" (Garcia-Navarro 2012). R2. Arafat's fears about his own assassination reflected the political realities of the Middle East. Threats by extremists occur from all sides, from the right as well as the left. Anwar
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