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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Mideast Dissatisfied




JERUSALEM -- A majority of Israelis and Palestinians are unhappy with concessions their leaders were reported to have offered during last month's summit at Camp David, according to a poll released Thursday.


While most of those surveyed believed their leaders showed too much willingness to compromise, the Hebrew University and the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research, who directed the joint study, said both sides were surprisingly willing to consider proposals that were once taboo.


A survey of 525 Israelis showed that 57 percent believed Barak offered too much to Palestinian negotiators. From a sample of 1,295 Palestinians interviewed in the West Bank, Gaza and east Jerusalem, more than half said Yasser Arafat was also too forthcoming on specific issues, though 68 percent were pleased with his overall stand.


"Palestinians and Israelis are at a crossroads," said Khalil Shikaki, who directed the Palestinian interviews. "The results indicate a positive change if the process moves forward but a hardening of positions if things fail," he said.