May 22, 2007

Muslim Americans See Balanced Solution to Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

61%

A solid majority of Muslim Americans say that a way can be found for the state of Israel to exist so that the rights of the Palestinians are addressed. In this regard, the views of Muslim Americans resemble those of the general public in the United States.

On the question of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, most Muslims in the US (61%) say that a way can be found for Israel to exist so that the rights and needs of Palestinians are met — a view that closely resembles that expressed by the U.S. public as a whole, and in sharp contrast to the views of Muslims in other parts of the world. Only 16% say that the rights and needs of Palestinians cannot be taken care of as long as Israel exists. The view that Israel can exist in a way that addresses Palestinians’ rights is more common among well-educated Muslims in the United States: Nearly three-in-four college graduates express this view, compared with 51% of those with only a high school education or less. Native-born and foreign-born Muslims hold similar opinions on this issue, but recently arrived Muslim immigrants are somewhat less optimistic about finding a way for Palestine and Israel to coexist peacefully than are immigrants who have been in the U.S. for a longer period of time (57% vs. 71%). Muslims who came from Arab countries are significantly more skeptical about the Israel/Palestinian situation than are immigrants from elsewhere: Nearly a third (32%) of Muslim Americans who are first- or second-generation immigrants from the Arab region say that the rights of Palestinians cannot be taken care of as long as Israel exists. Read More