Poll: One-state solution to conflict finds rising support in US

A man walks past the security barrier near Rachel’s Tomb, on the outskirts of Bethlehem (photo credit: Serge Attal/Flash90/File)
71% of respondents encourage bi-national state if two states not possible; more Americans tacitly back Palestinian statehood bid at UN.

By Ilan Ben Zion and Ricky Ben-David|The Times of Israel

A growing number of Americans back the idea of a one-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and over two-thirds of those surveyed in a recent poll published Friday by the Brookings Institution said they would call for a single democratic state should a two-state solution prove unviable.

According to the findings of the survey, the percentage of those polled who want Washington to advocate a single bi-national state with equal citizenship for Jews and Arabs has risen from 24 percent to 34%. The poll was conducted online in November 2014 by Shibley Telhami, the Anwar Sadat Professor for Peace and Development at the University of Maryland. The authors did not specify over what time period that 10 point hike took place.

Of the 1,008 American respondents, 71% said that if a two-state solution fails, they favor a bi-national democratic state over a Jewish state which deprives Palestinians of citizenship. Only 24% of respondents said they “favor the Jewishness of Israel more than its democracy.”

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