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Poll: Palestinians, Israelis seek more active U.S. role in moderating conflict
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21:13, December 16, 2008

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Most Palestinians and half of Israelis hope the United States to play a more active role in moderating the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, according to a latest poll published Tuesday.

The poll was conducted by the Harry S. Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research in Ramallah.

It showed that half of Israelis and half of the Palestinians think that a more active American involvement will be successful, whereas the other half is split between expecting it to have no impact or to fail.

Nevertheless, both sides expect no change in the U.S. role in the conflict. While Israelis expect no change in U.S. military economic and political support for Israel, Palestinians expect that U.S. backing for Israel will strengthen.

With regard to a ceasefire between Palestinian militants and Israel, support is slightly down compared to three months ago: 51 percent of Israelis support its continuation and 44 percent oppose it. Among Palestinians, 74 percent support and 23 percent oppose it.

The poll involved 1,270 Palestinian adults in the West Bank, East Jerusalem and Gaza Strip, the margin of error at 3 percent.

The Israeli sample includes 600 adults and the margin of error is 4.5 percent.


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