New Palestinian Poll

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  1. poncho

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    New survey results show that violence is not a popular option among Palestinians and that Hamas is not benefiting from the current troubles, giving U.S. policymakers some breathing room to concentrate on more urgent crises in Iraq and Syria while backing practical steps to cool tensions.

    A reliable new West Bank/Gaza public opinion survey conducted on June 15-17 -- the only such poll since the current kidnapping crisis began -- shows that Palestinian popular attitudes have hardened considerably on long-term issues of peace with Israel. Commissioned by The Washington Institute and conducted by a leading Palestinian pollster, the poll comprised face-to-face interviews with a standard random geographic probability sample of 1,200 adult Palestinians, yielding results with a 3% statistical margin of error. The responses indicate that fewer than 30% of Palestinians now support a "two-state solution": a West Bank/Gaza Palestinian state in lasting peace with Israel. At the same time, some surprising signs of short-term pragmatism emerged -- especially, and even more surprisingly, in Gaza.

    Read More At: http://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/view/new-palestinian-poll-shows-hardline-views-but-some-pragmatism-too
     
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    From the article:
    "The survey did not ask specifically about the latest kidnapping, which does appear fairly popular among Palestinians judging from traditional and social media content and anecdotal evidence."
     
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    From the same paragraph.

    "Despite continuing tensions over the June 12 kidnapping of three Israeli teenagers in the West Bank and Israel's resulting intensive searches and arrests, the Palestinian public is not turning toward large-scale violence."
     
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    They don't need to -- Hamas is committing more than enough in their name.

    Your "reliable West Bank/Gaza poll" seems to be ignorant of the fact that the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank fights against Hamas, not Israel. The Palestinian Authority in the West Bank knows who the enemy is.

    Newsflash: Everybody knows the Palestinian people are not the resident evil in Gaza. Everybody knows Hamas is forcing Gazan civilians to stay in place, refusing to let them flee to safety, when Israel attacks specific targets. Gazans will continue to suffer casualties until they get rid of their terrorist government. Unless they are willing to do that, they with continue to reap the consequences of having voted them into power. Just as we pay the price every single day for our stupidity in 2008 and 2012, they pay the price for believing Hamas was anything other than a gang of thugs, criminals and terrorists, something they knew quite well when they had the opportunity to vote for someone else.
     
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