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Palestinian Muslim worshippers break their day-long fast during a charity “Iftar” meal outside the golden Dome of the Rock in the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem on July 14, 2013. (Photo: AFP – Ahmad Gharabli)

Tel Aviv – The majority of Jewish Israelis and Palestinians in Gaza Strip, West Bank, and Jerusalem still support a two-state solution, despite the decline in the number of people supporting it.

Results were revealed in a joint poll published by the Israel Democracy Institute (IDI) in Jerusalem and the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research (PSR) in Ramallah on Tuesday.

The results showed that 51% of Palestinians and 53% Israelis support a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

The poll surveyed one thousand Palestinians and one thousand Israelis. It focused on the public views on a permanent peace agreement, ability to trust and compromise with the other side, and mistrust and fear of the other.

The poll also revealed that when presented with a peace agreement package based on that from previous rounds of negotiations, only 39% of Palestinians and 46% of Israelis (39% of Israeli Jews and 90% of Israeli Arabs) said they support such a package.

The package included a de-militarized Palestinian state, Israeli withdrawal to the Green Line (pre-June 1967 lines) with equal territorial exchange as relevant, a family unification in Israel of 100,000 Palestinian refugees, West Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and East Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine, and the end of the conflict and claims in international courts.

As for the Jewish quarter and the Western Wall, they remain under Israeli sovereignty and the Muslim and Christian quarters and al-Haram al Sharif under Palestinian sovereignty.