Crisis in Gaza

Poll: 69% of Israelis Support U.N. Recognition of Palestine

The Jerusalem Post reports that almost 70 percent of Israelis surveyed in a recent poll said that Israel should accept a Palestinian state if the United Nations chooses to recognize it. The poll was taken by the Harry S. Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research in Ramallah.

The poll results fly in the face of Republicans who have taken the lead in discouraging the U.N. from voting on the issue, claiming that it could threaten Israel's security.

Pollsters found that just over 69 percent of the Israelis felt the country should accept the U.N.'s ultimate decision on a Palestinian state. 83 percent of Palestinians said that turning to the U.N. for statehood is the right thing to do.

The U.S. has vowed to veto any request for Palestinian statehood at the Security Council, potentially sparking a new Middle East crisis. Tens of thousands of Palestinians took part in rallies on Wednesday.

Both Israel and the U.S. insist that only Israeli-Palestinian negotiations can set up the creation of a new state.

"I am convinced that there is no shortcut to the end of a conflict that has endured for decades," Obama told the U.N. General Assembly. "Peace will not come through statements and resolutions at the UN. If it were that easy, it would have been accomplished by now."

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