En meningsmåling viser at flere palestinerne i Øst-Jerusalem foretrekker å være israelske borgere, fremfor medlemmer i en ny palestinsk stat.
På spørsmål hva de vil gjøre hvis det opprettes en palestinsk stat, svarer 35 % at de vil være israelere, 30 % palestinere, og 35 % vil ikke eller kan ikke svare.
Det stemmer dårlig med bildet som er skapt av en undertrykkende okkupasjonsmakt. En betydelig del av palestinerne foretrekker israelsk styre fremfor palestinsk.
The survey sampled 1,039 Palestinians living in all 19 neighborhoods of east Jerusalem, and was supervised by Dr. David Pollock.
Perhaps the most striking finding regarded the residents’ citizenship preference, after a two-state solution is reached: When asked if they preferred to become citizens of Palestine or remain citizens of Israel, only 30% chose Palestinian citizenship.
Thirty five percent chose Israeli citizenship and 35% declined to answer or said they didn’t know.
The survey’s findings were presented as part of a Tel Aviv University conference hosted by its International Conflict Resolution Program.
A similar question asked participant what they thought the majority in their neighborhood would prefer, and found that 31% estimated that most people prefer Palestinian citizenship; 39% estimated that most people prefer Israeli citizenship; and 30% declined to answer or said they didn’t know.
When asked if they would move to a different home inside Israel if their neighborhood became part of Palestine,40% said they were «likely to move to Israel» and 27% said they were «likely to move to Palestine» if their neighborhood became part of Israel.
Also, 44% of east Jerusalem’s residents seem content with their standard of living, while 31% said they were not content with it.