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April 10, 2013 10:58 am

Poll: 90.9% of Palestinians Believe Hamas and Fatah Should Reach Reconciliation Deal

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Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal (L) and PA President Mahmoud Abbas. Photo: Jewish Policy Center.

A new poll released by the Jerusalem Media and Communications Center showed that the overwhelming majority of Palestinians (90.3%) believe that Hamas and Fatah should pursue national reconciliation even if this leads to the United States and Israel imposing sanctions on the Palestinian Arabs.

As for the party more responsible for the persisting division and the failure to reach reconciliation, 28.6% of respondents put the responsibility on Hamas while 19.8% put it on Fatah, while 22.3% blame both sides. A higher percentage of people in the Gaza Strip blamed Hamas for the continued division than did in the West Bank  (32.8% as opposed to 26.2% respectively) while a higher percentage of those in the West Bank blame Fatah for the continuation of the division more than Hamas (20.4% as opposed to 18.6%).

Meanwhile, a majority (59.5%) says both Fatah and Hamas are acting in their own interests instead of the national interest by not working towards achieving reconciliation.

Only about a third of Palestinians said that they were optimistic (32.9%) about reaching a peaceful settlement with Israel versus 39.4% who said they were pessimistic and 23.2% who said they were very pessimistic.

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83.8% of respondents said that they support non-violent means of resistance and 78.9% think such efforts should be intensified. More than a third of Palestinians (36.8%) believe that peaceful negotiations are the best method to achieve a Palestinian State, but a quarter (25.4%) favor using force. A clear majority of 60.2% considers terrorism to harm the Palestinian national interests.

A random sample of 1179 people over the age of 18 was interviewed face-to-face throughout the West Bank and Gaza Strip between 27th and 31st of   March 2013. 53.3% of the respondents were from the West Bank, 10.2 % from Jerusalem and 36.5 % from the Gaza Strip.

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  • E Pluribus Beagle

    90% of Palestinians wish Hitler was still alive. But no one actually cares what Palestinians think.

  • jerry kleiner

    It is extremely encouraging to see the Palestinian mindset shift on the use of violence to achieve their goals. The fact that a vast majority beleive in peaceful measures should be re-inforced by action from our side.

    We really should cease and desist expanding settlements. This is the one issue that has done nothing for Israel except create incredibly bad PR. I still dont understand what is the reasoning for it and which group is exerting this influence on the Israeli government to increase the settlements or expand tham.

  • Paul Ringo

    83.8% of respondents said that they support non-violent means of resistance and 78.9% think such efforts should be intensified. More than a third of Palestinians (36.8%) believe that peaceful negotiations are the best method to achieve a Palestinian State, but a quarter (25.4%) favor using force. A clear majority of 60.2% considers terrorism to harm the Palestinian national interests.

    This is the most encouraging part. At least it is a place to begin building from. Now we need to make sure all leaders (from both sides) speak to (and listen to) those that are for peaceful negotiations.

  • richard sherman

    Both their Charters ( fatah through the plo ) call for the murder of six million jews. These are two groups of sociopaths who should be able to reconcile since jew killing is their raison d’etre.

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