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Major New ZOA Poll: Americans Oppose Giving Land to Palestinians by 5-to-1, Believe Palestinian State Would be a Terrorist State by 2-to-1, Support Israelis over Palestinians by 10-to-1

Zionist Organization of America
Jacob & Libby Goodman ZOA House, 4 East 34th Street, New York, N.Y. 10016
(212) 481-1500 Fax: (212) 481-1515 email@zoa.org www.zoa.org

March 26, 2007
Contact Morton A. Klein at: (212) 481-1500
Attn: NEWS EDITOR

MAJOR NEW ZOA POLL: AMERICANS OPPOSE GIVING LAND TO PALESTINIANS BY 5-TO-1,
BELIEVE PALESTINIAN STATE WOULD BE A TERRORIST STATE BY 2-TO-1, SUPPORT
ISRAELIS OVER PALESTINIANS BY 10-TO-1

New York — A major new national poll has found the following
regarding American opinion on the Israel and Middle East issues:

By a margin of 2-to-1 (45%- 22%), Americans believe that a Palestinian Arab
state would be a terrorist state rather than a peaceful democracy;

By a margin of 5-to-1 (60% – 11%), Americans believe that Israel should not
make more land to the Palestinian Arabs.

By a margin of 10-to-1 (45% – 4.6%) Americans overwhelmingly support
Israelis over the Palestinian Arabs.

By a margin of more than 5-to-1 (65% – 11%), Americans believe that Saudi
Arabia is not a reliable and trustworthy ally in the war against radical
Islamic terrorism;

By a margin of nearly 2-to-1 (46% – 24%), Americans believe that Egypt is
not a reliable and trustworthy ally in the war against radical Islamic
terrorism; and

By a margin of nearly 2-to-1 (51% – 26%), Americans believe that the US
should impose economic sanctions on Saudi Arabia until it stops its support
and funding for terrorists and radical Islamic education that teaches hatred
of America and Israel.

The poll of 1000 randomly selected Americans was commissioned by the Zionist
Organization of America (ZOA), the oldest pro-Israel group in the US, and
has a margin of error of 3.1%. It was carried out by McLaughlin &
Associates, a major national polling company, on March 25, 2007.

ZOA National President Morton A. Klein said, “This poll makes clear that the
American public fully understands Israel’s difficult plight in dealing with
the Arab war against it. Americans understand that establishing a
Palestinian state would simply result in but another terrorist state in the
Middle East, which is the last thing America needs in its efforts to bring
peace and security to the region. The American public has shown that it is
completely against appeasing this Palestinian terror regime by offering any
more concessions to it. It has shown that it has a far more realistic view
of the Arab war against Israel than governments around the world, including
the Bush Administration, which has continued to deal with and even fund
Palestinian Authority (PA) president Mahmoud Abbas, despite the PA’s
on-going refusal to fulfill its obligations under signed agreements and the
2003 Roadmap peace plan to dismantle the apparatus of terror and end
incitement to hatred and murder in the Palestinian public square that feeds
it. This policy remains in place despite the recent formation of a
Palestinian Arab national unity government under the leadership of Hamas,
which calls in its Charter for the destruction of Israel (Article 15) and
the murder of Jews (Article 7). This new Hamas/Fatah government has refused
to recognize Israel, forswear terrorism or fulfill previous agreements.

“Members of the House and Senate should become aware that sanctions against
Saudi Arabia for its financial support of radical mosques and spreading the
extreme Wahhabi Islamic doctrines, including in American mosques, is
something that Americans support. The Bush Administration should also be
much tougher on the Palestinian Authority and, instead of engaging and
rewarding it, hold it accountable for its pro-terror, anti-peace actions.
This too would be heeding the American public, which overwhelmingly supports
Israelis over the Palestinian Arabs. Congress should also take action to
convert all aid flowing to Egypt from military aid to purely humanitarian
aid, as Americans now realize that Egypt is not the partner in fighting
terror it pretends to be. This can be clearly seen in Egypt’s refusal to end
the massive arms smuggling from Egypt into Gaza of weaponry for Palestinian
Arab terrorists and the constant anti-Semitic articles, shows and songs that
are a staple of Egyptian culture.

“This poll shows conclusively that the typical American overwhelmingly
supports Israel, which is why the overwhelming majority of members of
Congress, reflecting their constituencies, also support Israel. If they
didn’t, they would not be representing the views of their constituencies.
This fact refutes the pernicious claim publicized by John Mearsheimer and
Stephen Walt last year that Congressional support for Israel is the result
of political pressure by American Jewish pro-Israel individuals and groups
and that these pro-Israel policies are against American interests and what
most Americans want. This poll should put that anti-Semitic nonsense to rest
.

“This poll also indicates that we should stop all talk of establishing a
Palestinian Arab state. Americans also understand that the Palestinian Arabs
have not taken the minimum steps required to make peace and that peace
prospects are consequently next to non-existent. A freeze on funding to the
PA and severing ties with it until these vital steps are taken would be well
understood by the American public, involve no domestic political fallout and
would be the correct response to the situation. Only such pressure has a
chance of producing the desired changes in Palestinian society and thus the
possibility of peace with Israel.”

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