Majority of Israelis back any peace deal

Over 50 per cent of Israelis would support any peace agreement submitted to a referendum by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, a recent poll has found.

Out of the 511 participants, 39 per cent said they would be in favour of any plan, 16 per cent said they would probably be in favour and 20 per cent were undecided. Twenty per cent would vote against the plan and 5 per cent would be likely to vote against a plan.

The poll was carried out after US Secretary of State John Kerry announced that the Israel/Palestine peace talks would resume. Mr Netanyahu also announced that any peace deal would be brought to a referendum.

Chairman of the Knesset Committee for the Land of Israel Yariv Levin has said he has no objections to negotiations but “we want to come out of the talks with the settlements preserved, because that's the only way to ensure Israel's security and bring peace and stability”.

In response to Mr Netanyahu agreeing to release 82 Palestinian prisoners, Mr Levin said he was “unequivocally opposed” to the move, and said “a murderer has to pay the full price, as punishment and as deterrence”. Mr Levin also opposed freezing settlement construction, and said that construction should begin, despite the peace talks, "to show them we mean it”.

Last updated: 2:38pm, July 24 2013