Freed Palestinian prisoners on bus 260.
(photo credit: REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah)
An overwhelming majority of Palestinians, 85 percent, considers the recent
prisoner exchange agreement between Israel and Hamas a good thing, according to
a poll published on Sunday.
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They also say the swap has positively
affected the position of most Palestinians toward the Islamist
The poll, which was conducted by the Jerusalem Media and
Communications Center, covered 1,200 Palestinians in the West Bank and the Gaza
Strip and has a 3 percentage point margin of error.
More than 65% of
respondents opposed the dissolving of the Palestinian Authority, while 22% said
it should be dismantled.
Some PA officials have hinted at the possibility
of dismantling the PA in wake of the continued stalemate in the peace process
and the failure of the Palestinian statehood bid at the UN Security
Asked how they saw the role of the PA and who it serves, 62%
said it serves the interests of the Palestinians, while 24% replied it serves
the interests of Israel.
The poll also showed an ongoing drop in
Palestinian support for violence. The majority, 56%, said they were opposed to
the resumption of “military operations” against Israel, compared to 45% in April
The number of Palestinians who believe rocket attacks on Israel
from the Gaza Strip are “harmful” has risen from 35% in 2008 to 40% this year,
the poll showed.
The level of confidence in PA President Mahmoud Abbas
has also increased from 22% earlier this year to 25% today, and the popularity
of Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh has increased slightly over the past five