July 21, 2010

British Jews tell Israel to negotiate with Hamas


by David Masters

More than half of British Jews think Israel should work for peace in the Middle East by negotiating with Islamic resistance movement Hamas, according to a new survey published the week.

The study, conducted by the Institute for Jewish Policy Research (JPR), also found that most Jews in the UK favour a two-state solution to the conflict between Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories.

Over three quarters (77%) said a two-state solution is the “only way” to bring peace to the region.

Two thirds said Israel should consider giving up land for the sake of peace.

The study also found British Jews have a strong affinity with Israel. Nine in ten of those polled have visited the country.

“Jews in Britain are pro-Israel and pro-peace,” Jonathan Boyd, JPR chief executive, told the Guardian.

“Their hawkishness on some issues is typically motivated by a clear concern for Israel’s security, while their dovishness on others reflects a deep-set desire to see the country at peace, both with itself and with its neighbours.”

Over 4,000 British Jews were interviewed for the study.

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