Survey: Most Palestinians oppose security coordination with Israel

According to the survey, 76.2% of Palestinians are dissatisfied with recent declarations by senior officials in the PA about their success in foiling Palestinian terror attacks.

February 16, 2016 10:03
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Palestinians hurl stones towards Israeli Border Police during clashes at a checkpoint between Shuafat and Jerusalem September 18, 2015. (photo credit: REUTERS)


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More than two-thirds (67.4 percent) of Palestinians oppose security coordination between the IDF and the Palestinian Authority, a survey released Monday by the Watan Center for Studies and Research found.

According to the survey, titled "Palestinians' opinions about the Jerusalem intifada and the siege on Gaza," 76.2% of Palestinians are dissatisfied with recent declarations by senior officials in the Palestinian Authority about their success in foiling Palestinian terror attacks.

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In an interview in January with Defense News, the head of the Palestinian Authority's intelligence services in the West Bank revealed that PA security forces have prevented some 200 terrorist attacks against Israel since October 2015.

Asked about the Palestinian faction with the greatest influence on the so-called Jerusalem intifada, 39.1% of Palestinians claimed it is Hamas, while 33.5% of the Palestinians claimed it is Fatah.

Even though 43.1% of Palestinians allege that the continuation of the intifada will lead Israel to tighten its control on the Palestinian territories, 68.6% of Palestinians want it to continue.

Although the survey reflects support for the intifada by most Palestinians and their aspiration for a popular uprising against Israel, the recent wave of violence against Israelis has mostly involved lone-wolf attacks and is not part of a mass uprising with participation by the lion’s share of Palestinian society.

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