Poll: Majority of U.S. Jews support Mideast peace plan based on 1967 borders
J Street poll shows nearly half of American Jews oppose U.S. recognition of Palestinian state.
A J Street poll published Thursday shows that 57% of U.S. Jews back a Middle East peace plan based on 1967 borders with mutually agreed-upon land swaps, while 43% opposed such a move.
According to the poll, 83% of the American Jews support a U.S.-brokered solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, while 70% want the administration to offer a peace plan that proposes set borders and security arrangements.
J Street’s poll, which was conducted in mid-July among 800 American Jews, showed nearly 47% of those polled want the U.S. to vote against recognizing a Palestinian state in the UN, as opposed to 34% who support recognition, and 18% which are hesitant of American recognition.
The Palestinian public is similarly cautious about the upcoming vote. In a recent poll administered by The Israel Project, only 37% of the Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank said they believe the UN action will bring an independent state closer to fruition, while 16% believed it will set it back, and 44% said it will make no difference.
The J Street poll showed that most U.S. Jews still support U.S. President Barack Obama. However, it also revealed that only 44% of U.S. Jews approve of the way he is handling the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.
According to J Street, 60% of U.S. Jews approve of Obama’s job in office, although 66% think the country is headed in the wrong direction. Moreover, Obama leads among Jews against the two current top Republican contenders, Mitt Romney (63% to 24%) and Michelle Bachmann (67% to 19%).
Pollster Jim Gerstein sees the poll results as a reflection of a “more internationalist” approach to solving both global and national issues among young Americans - a phenomenon he attributes to the experience of living through the Iraq war, as well as being connected to other people around the world.