Poll: Half of West Bank youth support two-state solution

A new poll conducted by the Arab World for Research and Development found that while 47.4% of the Palestinian youth in the West Bank support the two-state solution, the remaining 47.7% oppose it.

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March 21, 2017 23:46
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A Palestinian youth waves the national flag as the IDF digs in search of smuggling tunnels

A Palestinian youth waves the national flag as the IDF digs in search of smuggling tunnels at the border east of Gaza City. (photo credit: AFP PHOTO)

Palestinian youth in the West Bank are split down the middle between those who support and those who oppose the two-state solution, a new poll found.
47.4 percent of West Bank Palestinian youth said they back a two-state solution, whereas 47.7 percent said they oppose it.

The poll of 650 West Bank Palestinians between the ages of 18-30 was conducted February 1-5 by Arab World for Research and Development (AWRAD), a Ramallah-based research and polling institute.

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The findings marked an increase in support for the two-state solution among West Bank Palestinian youth compared to those of a similar AWRAD poll conducted in 2016, which found that 41% support a two-state solution, while 56% oppose it.

AWRAD president Nader Said explained the slight increase in support for the two-state solution as a response to the lack of “serious” alternatives.
“The two-state solution is still the only solution that is being discussed in a serious manner,” Said told The Jerusalem Post. “The one-state solution is still an abstraction and not a part of the popular debate.”
Palestinians caution Trump against abandoning two-state concept (credit: REUTERS)

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has consistently stated his support for a two-state solution as the only viable solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Fatah Central Committee Member Azzam al-Ahmad said on Monday that Abbas affirmed his support for a two-state solution in a meeting with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.

Said, however, added that future support for the two-state solution could drop if tangible steps to achieve it are not taken.
“Today we are looking at a situation where negotiations have not led to much progress in the peace process and Gaza and the West Bank are divided,” Said stated. “It should not be a surprise if young Palestinians change their thinking in the future, if the status quo prevails.”



The poll also found that 41% of Palestinian youth are in favor of Abbas’s approach to achieving a just solution for the Palestinians, whereas 19% back Hamas and Islamic Jihad. The remaining 40% said they did not know.



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