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Six-in-ten Americans approve of peace treaty between Israel and UAE, exclusive poll by ALL ISRAEL NEWS finds

Results show striking partisan divide. Poll also asked if Americans would have preferred President Trump to support Israeli "annexation" of West Bank instead of the peace deal.

FILE PHOTO: Israeli National Security Advisor Meir Ben-Shabbat, U.S. President's Senior Advisor Jared Kushner and UAE's National Security Adviser Sheikh Tahnoun bin Zayed Al Nahyan hold a meeting in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates August 31, 2020. Ministry of Presidential Affairs/WAM/Handout via REUTERS

JERUSALEM -- An exclusive new poll commissioned by ALL ISRAEL NEWS reveals that Americans strongly support the new peace treaty between Israel and the United Arab Emirates.

Here is the specific question that was asked:

"President Trump recently brokered an historic peace agreement between Israel and the United Arab Emirates. This is the first peace deal between Israel and an Arab Muslim state in nearly 26 years. The agreement includes the establishment of Israeli and UAE embassies in each other's countries, and business deals involving trade, technology, tourism, cultural and sports exchanges. How do you view the agreement?"

  • 59 percent of Americans surveyed said they approve of the peace treaty
  • Only 14 percent said they disapproved of the deal
  • A mere 8 percent said that instead of prioritizing an Arab-Israeli peace deal, they would have preferred President Trump to have given Israel a green light to "annex" -- or declare Israeli sovereignty over -- 30 percent of the Biblical lands of Judea and Samaria, a territory commonly referred to as the "West Bank."
  • Nearly 19 percent of Americans said they did not know what they thought about the peace deal yet.
While significant numbers of Republicans, Independents, and Democrats approve of the peace deal, Democrats are far less supportive.
  • 84 percent of Republicans approve
  • 55 percent of Independents approve
  • But only 39 percent of Democrats approve of the deal
Interestingly, 68 percent of self-described "born again" Evangelical Christians approve of the peace deal. Only 11 percent disapprove. And merely 7 percent say they wish President Trump had prioritized Israeli "annexation" of biblical territory over helping Israel and the UAE make peace.

Also interesting was the breakdown by race.

  • 66 percent of white Americans support the peace deal
  • So do 52 percent of Hispanics
  • But only 36 percent of African Americans support the deal, 23 percent disapprove, 17 percent would have preferred Israeli "annexation," and 24 percent said they did not yet know what they think about the deal.
For much of the spring and summer months, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu and his government were pressing the White House to support the so-called "annexation" of -- or application of Israeli sovereignty over -- cities, towns, villages and settlements in the West Bank that are totally, or mostly, populated by Israeli Jews.

In President Trump's "Deal of the Century" peace proposal, the White House envisions the Palestinians creating a sovereign state of their own, and being given massive tracts of land in the Negev desert -- near the Egyptian and Gaza borders -- that are currently owned by Israel. Thus, the new Palestinian state would actually wind up with significantly more territory than Palestinians currently control. Israelis, in return, would receive 30% of Judea and Samaria, primarily areas that have great Biblical and historical significance to the Jewish people.

Palestinian leaders, Arab state leaders, and most European leaders are strongly opposed to any such Israeli "annexation."

President Trump, in the end, chose not give his consent to Israel's "sovereignty" claims -- at least for the time being. Instead, he persuaded Netanyahu and UAE Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed al Nayan to make peace together.

The poll of 1,000 likely U.S. voters was commissioned by ALL ISRAEL NEWS. It was conducted by the nationally-respected polling firm of McLaughlin & Associates.

ALL ISRAEL NEWS is a project of Near East Media, a non-partisan and non-profit organization that is legally incorporated as a 501c3 tax-exempt corporation in the State of Virginia, in the United States. The poll was conducted to better understand how the American people view a major diplomatic move by the U.S. that affects two key American allies, Israel and the UAE. It was not conducted to influence the U.S. elections in any way.

Joel C. Rosenberg is the editor-in-chief of ALL ISRAEL NEWS and ALL ARAB NEWS and the President and CEO of Near East Media. A New York Times best-selling author, Middle East analyst, and Evangelical leader, he lives in Jerusalem with his wife and sons.

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