Israelis believe their global standing is dependent on peace with the Palestinians and that the US is the country’s most important ally, according to a new study to be released Wednesday morning by the Ramat Gan think tank Mitvim – The Israeli Institute for Regional Foreign Policies.
Only 13 percent of the 500 people polled on September 9-11 believed that Israel’s global standing was good, while 35% thought it was poor. According to 45%, Operation Protective Edge in Gaza damaged Israel’s foreign relations.
Sixty-one percent of the respondents felt that progress in the peace process would improve Israel’s foreign relations. Fifty percent said they did not want Israel to negotiate with the new Palestinian consensus government backed by both Fatah and Hamas, while 45% said they did.
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