By Bruce Stokes, Director of Global Economic Attitudes, Pew Research Center
Special to Foreign Policy
Whatever your thoughts on the viability — or futility — of a peace deal between Israel and Palestine, in early October, prodded by America’s top diplomat Secretary of State John Kerry, Israeli and Palestinian negotiators engaged in a new round of peace talks in an attempt to breathe new life into their on-again, off-again efforts to bring lasting stability to their relationship. To prove successful and sustainable, the outcome of these talks must ultimately gain the support of both the Israeli and Palestinian people. But given the catalytic role Washington has played in this effort to revive the Middle East peace process, there is a third party whose judgment of the outcome may prove crucial: American Jews.
A new Pew Research Center survey is a reminder that the view widely held in some parts of the world — that American Jews uniformly back a hardline stance on the Israeli-Palestinian issue — is simply not true.
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