Mideast Views On The Peace Process
The most recent Pew Gloabl Attitudes Survey found that pessimism about Israeli-Palestinian relations is common throughout much of the Middle East. More than seven-in-ten Palestinians, Egyptians, Jordanians, and Kuwaitis do not believe the rights and needs of the Palestinian people can be taken care of as long as the state of Israel exists. Lebanese opinions diverge sharply along religious lines: Christians and Sunni Muslims tend to believe coexistence is possible, while few Shia Muslims share this view. Optimism is more common in Israel, however — 61% of Israelis believe a way can be found for Israel to exist and for Palestinian rights and needs to be addressed.