65% of Palestinians support UN statehood bid, poll finds

June 28, 2011 16:36

Most Palestinians support the PA plan to seek statehood in the United Nations in September, according to a poll published on Tuesday by the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research (PSR) in Ramallah.

"65% of the Palestinians (surveyed) believe they should go to the UN in September to obtain recognition for their state," according to the PSR report.

The poll, which asked Palestinians and Israelis about their expectations of the upcoming Palestinian statehood bid in September, also reported that "58% of the Palestinians support the Saudi (Arab peace) initiative and 38% oppose it, while 29% of the Israelis support (it) and 61% oppose it."

The Arab Peace Initiative calls for Israel to retreat to the pre-1967 lines, including Jerusalem, the Golan Heights, Gaza and the West Bank, in exchange for recognition of and normalization of relations with Israel by all Arab states, according to the PSR report.

The PSR report also noted that the March 2011 poll results showed a "similar level of support for the plan (Arab Peace Initiative) among both Israelis and Palestinians."

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