My comment at the Gordis-Friedman exchange at the NYTimes is up, here.
I don't think it was fair that Daniel was pitted against Lara.
Well, not fair to the Jewish residents of YESHA.
Using a 2012 poll is not only out-of-date but providing wrong information.
A Nov. 2013 poll indicated a large majority of Israelis don't even believe the Pal. Authority is serious about peace.
A July 2013 poll indicated that to this question, a fuller comprehensive and therefore fairer one - "Are you for or against signing a peace agreement with the Palestinians on the basis of the 1967 borders, including the evacuation of communities with the exception of settlement blocs, exchange of territory, Palestinians recognition of Israel as the state of the Jewish People, and release of Palestinians with "blood on their hands" - the responses were: Total: For 26%; Against 61%; Other 13%.
And a parallel question - "In principle, are you for or against signing a full peace agreement with the Palestinians on the basis of the 1967 borders, including the exchange of territory and release of prisoners?' drew these stats:Total: For 29% Against 57% Other replies 14%Jews: For 22% Against 62% Other 16%.
Israelis want peace. They do not trust the Arabs to keep that peace especially since prior to the so-called "occupation" of Judea and Samaria in 1967, there were no "settlements", so why should the dismantlement of those Jewish communities be a part of the solution when they weren't part of the problem of Arab hostility and terror [in the first place]?
Caught this by Yoav Sorek:
The hope that our neighbors will put aside their animosity and accept our presence here as right and natural—the hope, that is, for true peace—is something we have abandoned.