Survey: 60% of Palestinians support violent intifada against Israel

Support for a two-state solution is on the decline; 40% of Gazans are looking to emigrate to places such as Europe.

December 14, 2015 17:06
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A Palestinian holding a knife in Hebron. (photo credit: REUTERS)


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A new survey released by the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research in Ramallah showed that a majority of Palestinian respondents support the current wave of terror stabbings and a violent intifada and oppose a two-state solution with Israel.

In the survey, consisting of 1397 adults throughout the West Bank and Gaza, 67 percent of respondents said they supported the use of knife terror attacks against Israelis. Almost three-quarters (73%) said they were against young school girls carrying out these attacks.

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Another finding showed that 60% of those polled support an armed intifada and 66% think an escalation in violence would positively serve them.

A majority of respondents were opposed to a two-state solution with Israel (54%), an increase from three months ago when that same figure stood at 51%. Meanwhile, 70% were opposed to the idea of a one-state solution in which Arabs and Jews would have equal rights.

As far as coordination with Israel, 64% were in favor of forgoing the presence of Palestinian police in areas B and C of the West Bank if that meant there would be an end to security coordination with Israel.

Support for Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas also seemed to be quite low, with 65% of respondents in favor of him resigning. Likewise, 78% believed that PA institutions are corrupt.

In Gaza, 41% of respondents there said they were looking to emigrate, with Europe being the most favored destination.


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