Posted by: Morton A. Klein
January 23, 2004

New Poll: Nearly 70% Of Americans Say “No” To Palestinian Arab State And Expulsion Of Jews From Territories

NEW YORK – A new poll has found that nearly 70% of Americans believe that the Palestinian Arabs have not fulfilled the conditions necessary to be given a state, and oppose the Arab demand for expulsion of Jews from the territories.

The poll was sponsored by the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) and carried out by the firm of McLaughlin & Associates during mid-January of 2004. The poll questioned 1,000 Americans from throughout the United States.

ZOA National President Morton A. Klein said: “It is a myth that American public opinion supports creating a Palestinian Arab state or expelling the Jewish residents of Judea-Samaria and Gaza. An overwhelming majority of Americans oppose creating what would be a new terrorist state, and oppose the racist, un-American concept of kicking people out of their homes and towns on the basis of their religion or ethnicity.”

The poll’s findings:

  • By 67% To 19%, Americans Oppose Giving The Palestinian Arabs A State: 67.4% of Americans say that the Palestinian Arabs have not met President Bush’s conditions for statehood, such as fighting terrorism, halting incitement to murder, and respecting human rights. Only 19.3% say they have met those conditions.

  • By 66% To 17%, Americans Oppose Expelling Jews From The Territories: 66.6% of Americans disagree with the Arab position that all Jewish residents of the Judea-Samaria-Gaza territories should be expelled; only 17% agree with that demand.

  • By 65% To 18%, Americans Say Palestinian Authority Can’t Be Trusted: 65.2% of Americans say the Palestinian Authority “cannot be trusted to fulfill peace agreements that it signs with Israel”; only 18.6% say it can be trusted to fulfill them.

  • By 55% To 21%, Americans Say Palestinian Arabs Seek Destruction Of Israel: 55.7% of Americans say that the Palestinian Arabs’ goal is “the eventual destruction of Israel”; only 21.3% say their goal is “to have a small state living in peace alongside Israel.”

  • By 73% To 15%, Americans Oppose U.S. Aid To The Palestinian Arabs: 73.6% say the U.S. should stop sending $200-million each year to the Palestinian Arabs; only 15% say the aid should continue.