After the meeting between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and U.S. President Donald Trump at the White House, a new survey revealed that 55% of Israelis support the establishment of a Palestinian state next to Israel. However, 71% of Israelis do not believe that Palestinians can be trusted.







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A survey that was conducted among Israelis and Palestinians and released today (Thursday) indicates that most Israelis (55%) support a two-state solution. Among Palestinians, about 44% support the establishment of a Palestinian state next to Israel. However, less than a third of Israelis and slightly more than a third of Palestinians support the idea of one state or a confederation.

The survey was conducted during December 2016 among 1,270 Palestinians and 1,207 Israelis. The survey also reviewed the level of trust between the sides and their expectations from the new U.S. administration in regard to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

According to the survey, the level of trust between Israelis and Palestinians is low. 71% of Israelis do not trust Palestinians while 86% of Palestinians stated that it is impossible to trust Jewish Israelis. 51% of Jewish Israelis, 48% of Arab Israelis and 68% of Palestinians agreed that it is impossible to find a solution that is beneficial for both the sides.

The survey also showed that the majority of Israelis and the majority of Palestinians agree that the Trump administration is biased in favor of Israel when it comes to the conflict. Most of the respondents both among the Palestinians and the Israelis said that they have low expectations of the peace talks advancing. Only 10% of the Palestinians and slightly more than a quarter of the Israelis said that they believe Trump will try to renew the peace talks between the sides.

This survey was released a day after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with Trump at the White House.