A poll conducted by Israel Hayom in conjunction with New Wave Research revealed on Friday that most Israelis support the resumption of peace talks with the Palestinians, but don't really believe that the diplomatic process can yield a peace agreement.
As U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Israel in a continued effort to bring the two sides back to the negotiating table, the survey revealed that nearly 57 percent of respondents supported the effort and would like to see the talks revived, while 28.6% opposed the talks.
Interestingly, 69.3% of the respondents, most of whom presumably supported resumption of talks, opposed offering the Palestinians goodwill gestures such as the release of prisoners, easing of travel restrictions and the like. Only 19.5% of respondents were in favor of such gestures, while 11.1% of respondents said they did not know.
When asked what the one thing Israel must never relinquish in talks should be, the answers were slightly more varied. The largest group of responders -- 35.5% -- thought the one thing Israel must never do is divide Jerusalem, while 30.3% were most opposed to giving the Palestinians the right of return. Another 17.6% said that Israel must refrain from handing over all the territories, while 7% were most opposed to handing over the settlement blocs; 9.7% said they did not know.
Ultimately, however, 55.4% of respondents did not believe that a permanent peace agreement was even possible, while 30.9% said that they did believe it was possible.
The poll was conducted on June 26, 2013 among a representative sample of 500 respondents from the Jewish, Hebrew-speaking Israeli population. All respondents were aged 18 and older. The margin of error in this poll was 4.4%.