Most Israelis Have Little Hope in Trump Peace Plan, Poll Shows

US President Donald Trump poses for a photo with Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and in the Rose Garden of the White House on March 5, 2018 in Washington, DC. President Donald Trump said he 'may' attend the opening of a controversial new US embassy in Jerusalem, a fraught prospect …
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TEL AVIV – Israelis are skeptical that President Donald Trump’s soon-to-be-announced peace proposal will succeed, according to a public opinion poll released Monday.

The survey by the Israel Democracy Institute and Tel Aviv University showed that nearly three-quarters of respondents think the plan has a very low or moderately low chance of success. The survey did not ask respondents why they think so.

However, the overwhelming majority of respondents (77%) believe Israel’s interests are important to Trump. Over 60% also think the Palestinians’ interests are not important to the American president.

More than half of those polled supported resuming peace talks with the Palestinians. Less than one-fifth, however, were confident that such talks would lead to peace in the coming years.

The poll surveyed 600 Jewish and Arab Israelis and had a margin of error of 4.1 percentage points.

The Palestinian leadership has cut ties with the Trump administration since Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital in December. Palestinian officials last week slammed Trump’s envoy and senior White House adviser Jared Kushner, accusing him of “incitement” against Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and saying the U.S. administration’s soon-to-be to be unveiled peace proposal was bound to fail.

Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat slammed the White House for its bias towards Israel and said the Trump administration offers “nothing of substance.”

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