Palestinian support for violence vs. Israel declines – poll

According to the survey, 58 percent of Gaza residents believe in armed struggle, compared to 37 percent in the West Bank.

July 24, 2018 13:34
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PALESTINIAN AND Israeli flags fly over the Western Wall and the Dome of the Rock

PALESTINIAN AND Israeli flags fly over the Western Wall and the Dome of the Rock. (photo credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM)


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A new survey by the Palestinian institute Arab World for Research and Development (AWRAD) in Ramallah reports a 12% decline of those who support armed struggles against Israel.

The survey, which was distributed to 1,200 Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip from July 7-10, showed support for armed struggle decrease from 57% in April to 45%.

According to the survey, 58% of Gaza residents believe in armed struggle, compared to 37% in the West Bank. 34% of the respondents believe that a return to armed struggle will serve the interests of the Palestinians and will lead to a release of prisoners and an end to the occupation, while 29% say it will not serve Palestinian interests. In Gaza, 45% believe that this will serve Palestinian interests, compared to 27% in the West Bank.

In addition, 87% of the Palestinians oppose the Palestinian Authority’s suspension of salaries to officials in the Gaza Strip, compared to 5% who support this decision.

The survey shows that 70% of Palestinians see US President Donald Trump’s “deal of the century” as the end of the “dream of the establishment of a Palestinian state,” with 78% of Gazans versus 65% of West Bank residents having these sentiments.

A third of the Palestinians admitted that they knew nothing about the contents of the deal.

A large majority of 80% view the suspension of international aid to the Palestinian Authority as a method to pressure the Palestinian leadership into agreeing to Trump’s deal.

About half of the surveyed Palestinians support PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas and the Fatah movement, 18% support Ismail Haniyeh and Hamas, and 27% believe another path should be taken.

Only 32% (43% of the West Bank and 15% of Gaza) believe that Palestinian society is heading in the right direction, compared to 60% who disagree.

The poll confirmed a well-known fact: 88% of Gazans say the economic situation has deteriorated, compared to 32% in the West Bank; on average, 54% of Palestinians feel that their families’ economic situation has worsened.

Translated by Yvette Deane.

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