News Release _____________________________________________________ The Hebrew University of Jerusalem האוניברסיטה העברית בירושלים Latest Truman-Palestinian poll shows Two-thirds of Israelis believe Operation Cast Lead ended too soon, but only one-third in favor of reoccupying Gaza Jerusalem, March 16, 2009 – Two-thirds of Israelis believe that Israel stopped its Cast Lead military operation in Gaza too early, but only 30% think that Israel should reoccupy the Gaza Strip and stay there if shelling of Israeli communities continues. This was one of the findings of the March 1-7 joint poll conducted among the Israeli and Palestinian publics by the Harry S. Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research in Ramallah. The survey was conducted with the support of the Ford Foundation Cairo office and the Konrad Adenauer Foundation in Ramallah and Jerusalem. Among other findings of the Truman-PSR poll: Both Palestinians and Israelis believe that given the outcome of the Israeli military operation in Gaza, Palestinians are worse off than before the operation. Both sides are also pessimistic with regard to the prospects of the establishment of an independent Palestinian state next to the state of Israel in the near future and the ability of the new Israeli government to reach a settlement. Both Israelis and Palestinians oppose return to Palestinian-Israeli final status negotiations before the roadmap conditions for each side are met -- cessation of Palestinian violence on one hand and an Israeli freeze on settlement activity on the other. Support for a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas in Gaza has been steadily declining among Israelis in the last months and reached 48% in the latest poll. Among Palestinians support for a cease-fire is stable, and 75% of Palestinians support it. The Palestinian sample size was 1270 adults interviewed face-to-face in the West Bank, East Jerusalem and Gaza Strip in 127 randomly selected locations. The margin of error is 3%. The Israeli sample included 602 adult Israelis interviewed by phone in Hebrew Arabic or Russian. The margin of error is 4.5%. The poll was planned and supervised by Dr. Yaacov Shamir of the Harry S. Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace and the Department of Communication and Journalism at the Hebrew University, and Dr. Khalil Shikaki, director of the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research (PSR). For further information: Jerry Barach, Dept. of Media Relations, the Hebrew University, Tel: 02-588-2904. Orit Sulitzeanu, Hebrew University spokesperson, Tel: 054-8820016.