Essential Report

Peace in the Middle East

Apr 18, 2011

Q. What, in your view, is the single biggest obstacle to peace in the Middle East?

Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens
Unwillingness of Israelis/ Palestinians to compromise 33% 38% 31% 37%
The Israeli (housing) settlements in areas which Palestinians claim for an independent Palestine 6% 6% 7% 14%
Israel’s oppression of Palestinians 8% 8% 8% 15%
Palestinian terror attacks on Israelis 5% 3% 7% 5%
Infighting between the various Palestinian organisations (e.g. Hamas and Fatah) 6% 5% 7% 4%
Inaction by the United Nations 3% 4% 3% 2%
Opposition to Israel from other Middle Eastern countries 8% 7% 9%
Don’t know 31% 29% 28% 23%

One third (33%) of respondents think that the unwillingness of Israelis and Palestinians to compromise is the single biggest obstacle to peace in the Middle East and a further one third (31%) do not know. The remaining 36% selected a range of reasons including Israel’s oppression of Palestinians (8%) and opposition to Israel from other Middle Eastern countries (8%).

There were few substantial differences across voter groups.

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Israel-Palestine Conflict

Apr 18, 2011

Q. To what extent, if at all, do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?

Total agree Total disagree Total Neither/ Don’t know Strongly agree Agree Neither agree nor disagree Disagree Strongly disagree Don’t know
Australia should support the Israelis rather than Palestinians 14% 23% 62% 6% 8% 33% 12% 11% 29%
Being critical of Israel makes a person anti- Semitic 10% 46% 45% 4% 6% 23% 24% 22% 22%
The Palestine- Israel conflict fuels anti- Semitism in Australia 27% 24% 49% 5% 22% 24% 17% 7% 25%
The Palestine- Israel conflict fuels anti-Muslim feelings in Australia 31% 21% 48% 7% 24% 24% 16% 5% 24%

The most common answers to these statements on the Israel/Palestine conflict were ”neither agree nor disagree” and “don’t know”. These results indicate both a low level of awareness/interest and an inclination not to take a position one way or the other. The finding that only 14% agree that Australia should support the Israelis rather than Palestinians underlines this reluctance to take sides on this issue.

Views on most statements were split – except for 46% disagreement that “Being critical of Israel makes a person anti-Semitic”.

Respondents were slightly more likely to think the Israel/Palestine conflict fuels anti-Muslim feeling that anti-Semitism.

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