Palestinian throws back tear gas canister Silwan 311 (R).
(photo credit: REUTERS/Nir Elias)
The great majority of Palestinians expect a third intifada to erupt if Israeli-
Palestinian peace talks reach an impasse, according to a poll published on
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The survey also showed that nearly 80 percent of Palestinians
supported the recent reconciliation agreement between Hamas and
Dr. Nabil Kukali, president of the Beit Sahur-based Palestinian
Center for Public Opinion, which conducted the poll, said it was carried out
between May 5 and 12, and covered a random sample of 950 Palestinians from the
West Bank, the Gaza Strip and east Jerusalem. He added that the poll had a
margin of error of 3 percentage points.
Seventy percent of Palestinians
expect a third intifada similar to those of 1987 and 2000 if Israeli-Palestinian
peace talks fail, according to the poll. However, 25% of respondents said they
were opposed to a new intifada.
Almost 75% said any military escalation
in the Gaza Strip would be in Israel’s interest, whereas only 18% believed it
would be in Hamas’s interest.
The poll found that almost 70% of
Palestinians were opposed to the firing of rockets from the Gaza Strip into
With regards to peace with Israel, respondents seemed to be
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Asked, “Do you think that Israelis are interested in
making peace with Palestinians?” 44% said no, while 45% replied yes, to a
The poll also showed that 40% of Palestinians support the
resumption of peace talks with Israel, as opposed to 32% who have a mixed
feeling and 25% who are opposed.
Only a tiny minority of 5% is for
“military operations” as a way to end Israeli occupation.
More than 30%
said they were in favor of negotiations until an agreement between the two
parties is reached.
Another 25% said they favored nonviolent popular
resistance, while 12% said a solution could be reached through the United
Over half of the respondents (53%) said they saw Palestinian
Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad as the best candidate for premier of a
unity government with Hamas. Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh received only
But the poll revealed that Fayyad would lose to Abbas in a
presidential election. Forty-eight percent said they would vote for Abbas, as
opposed to 15% for Fayyad.
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