Most voters see both sides as equally to blame for the ongoing failure of the peace processby Tom Clark / August 23, 2018 / Leave a comment
This month Prospect asks whether or not the two-state solution for the Middle East is dead, with former Knesset Speaker, Avraham Burg, setting out his plan for achieving peace within a single set of borders. An exclusive Deltapoll survey for Prospect explores what British voters think.
After being reminded that the idea of an Israeli and an independent Palestinian state living side by side has traditionally been seen as the most promising route to peace, slightly more voters—37 per cent—believe that this remains the best way forward, as against 31 per cent who are instead inclined to say that after the long failure to make any progress it is time to come up with a new plan.
A similar proportion, 32 per cent, say they don’t know.
Equally to blame
Britain’s political summer has been dominated by Labour’s anti-Semitism row, which centres on the limits of legitimate free speech in relation to Israel and Jeremy Corbyn’s controversial Palestinian connections.
In these circumstances, the new poll offers a sobering reminder of how few votes are likely to be won by strident positioning on the Middle East: most British voters, 51 per cent, see Israelis and Palestinians as equally to blame for the ongoing failure of the peace process.
A partisan slant?
Of the minority who do take a view, however, almost twice as many, 13 per cent, are inclined to blame the Israelis, than the Palestinians, who only 8 per cent point the finger at.