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Poll shows Israelis and Palestinians prefer 2-state solution

  • The outcome of Middle East peace efforts are uncertain.

    The outcome of Middle East peace efforts are uncertain.  (The Associated Press)

  • Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gives the thumbs-up as he is escorted to his car by President Donald Trump as he leaves the West Wing of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gives the thumbs-up as he is escorted to his car by President Donald Trump as he leaves the West Wing of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)  (The Associated Press)

A new poll shows the number of Israelis and Palestinians who support the establishment of an independent Palestinian state has dropped in recent months. But far more people continue to prefer the two-state solution to an alternative single-state arrangement.

The joint Israeli-Palestinian poll was released on Thursday, a day after President Donald Trump and the visiting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu distanced themselves from the two-state solution.

The poll found that 55 percent of Israelis and 44 percent of Palestinians support a two-state arrangement. That compares to 59 percent and 51 percent last June. Yet just 24 percent of Israelis and one-third of Palestinians prefer a single binational state.

The EU-funded poll surveyed over 1,200 people on each side and had a margin of error of 3 percentage points.