In the Western media, Israel is widely portrayed as the main obstacle to peace in the Middle East conflict, but a new poll reveals that Israelis have very good reason for not trusting the intentions of their unstable Palestinian neighbours.
This poll was conducted by American pollster Stanley Greenberg and the Palestinian Centre for Public Opinion, the survey found that over 61 percent of Palestinians do not accept the "two states for two peoples" formula that has thus far driven the peace process.
A larger 66 percent said that while they would accept a two-state solution as a first step, they would desire to eventually move on to replacing Israel with a single Palestinian state.
A full 92 percent said that even in a two-state solution phase, Jerusalem can be the capital of "Palestine" only, regardless of whether or not Israel retains control over the Jewish-dominated western half of the city.
Their intractable hard-line positions are the result of the fact that 72 percent of Palestinians reject any form of Jewish historical connection to Jerusalem and the land as a whole.
When your opponent is painted as "an occupying invader with no legitimate reason to be in the land", it is very easy to support and commit violence against him, which most Palestinians do. Over 62 percent of respondents said Palestinian terror groups should abduct more Israeli soldiers until their demands are met, and over 53 percent said they are in favour of teaching songs about hating Jews in Palestinian schools.
Note, that's not songs about hating Israel or the Zionists, but songs about hating the Jewish race of people. In other words, anti-Semitism is taught in Palestinian schools with parental approval and support. It is that kind of education that has kept a healthy 73 percent of Palestinian adults in agreement with the old Islamic teaching that one day every Jew must be hunted down and killed or in the words of the head of Hamas "I hope that all the Jews will one day gather in Israel, so when we do kill them, we do not have to hunt them down one by one globally".
For now, the poll showed that an average "only" 30 percent of Palestinians support open warfare against Israel, while 65 percent feel that diplomatic efforts are currently meeting most of their needs.
By contrast, the vast majority of Israelis, long ago surrendered to the idea that an independent Palestinian Arab state is needed to end the conflict, for the vast majority of Israelis understand that a Palestinian state means sure death for the Jewish nation.