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Poll: Palestinians support UN bid, fear consequences
Published Sunday 18/09/2011 (updated) 19/09/2011 17:40
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Palestinians sent a symbolic chair for the UN on a world tour before arriving
in New York in the run-up to the membership bid [MaanImages/HO]
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- A majority of Palestinians support the bid for Palestine's membership of the UN, but expect a negative backlash, according to the results of a survey released Sunday.

While 84 percent of Palestinians support the bid, 87 percent believe the US will react negatively, and 90 percent think Israel will respond by worsening the conditions of Palestinians, the September study by Ramallah-based research institute Near East Consulting said.

Furthermore, 53 percent believe the vote will have a negative impact on the Palestinians, at least in the short term, and 70 percent are concerned about the rights of refugees.

The survey shows 67 percent think the Palestinian Authority is capable of running its affairs after a Palestinian state is recognized at the UN.

On the strategies at the UN, 47 percent said the Palestinian leadership should go to the UN Security Council for membership, 33 percent directly to the General Assembly, and 14 percent support approaching both. Just seven percent said the PA should not seek membership of the UN.

In general, 57 percent of the respondents expect that recognition of a Palestinian state will succeed, while 43 percent think that the Palestinian quest for recognition by the UN will fail.

Following the bid, 78 percent expect tensions to reduce between rival political factions Fatah and Hamas, and 58 percent think the Oslo process which established limited self-rule of the Palestinian Authority will be invalidated.

Just over three-quarters [76 percent] said they were concerned about their current situation, with the fragile economic situation the primary concern, followed by the Israeli occupation and the internal struggle between Fatah and Hamas. Nearly half [49 percent] said they do not feel secure.

On peace with Israel, 62 percent support an agreement and 57 percent want Hamas to change its stance on not recognizing Israel.

The survey said 40 percent trust Fatah, seven percent trust Hamas, and another 40 percent trust neither faction.

On the revolutions sweeping neighboring countries, 89 percent of Palestinians said they oppose the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, and 44 percent said post-Mubarak Egypt was in a better situation today.

The poll was carried out in the West Bank, East Jerusalem and Gaza Strip from July 13 - 17, and has a 3.33 percent margin of error, NEC said.
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1 ) And the / Survey says
18/09/2011 18:46
"84 percent of PALESTINIANS SUPPORT the bid", where "87 percent believe the US will react negatively" (ending financial aid), & "90 percent think Israel will respond by WORSENING their CONDITIONS" (ending tax distributions, movement freedom, annexations, etc.) !!! PALESTINIANS SUPPORT WORSENING THEIR CONDITIONS, AND PRESIDENT ABBAS WILL DELIVER IT.

2 ) Joe Fattal / USA
19/09/2011 00:24
I just don't understand why the Palestinians need to have either peace or even agree on anything with the Israelis to create their State. When Israel declare their independence in 1948 they weren't at peace neither.

3 ) Dr Aaron Lerner - IMRA / Israel
19/09/2011 00:47
Here is one of the questions PCPO dared to ask that NEC apparently opted not to: Which, in your opinion, is the preferable option for the future of Palestine? Is it going to the United Nations for the recognition of the Palestinian state without concluding a peace agreement with Israel, or going back to the negotiation table with the Israelis for the sake of a permanent peace with them and then resort to the UN? 35.4% going to the UN for the recognition of the Palestinian state without concl

4 ) Jerrold Cohen / USA
19/09/2011 07:26
A temporary condition. Israel will have to deal with a state. The world is getting tired of the heavy heel on Palestine's head. Statehood brings them one step closer to freedom.

5 ) Friend of Palestinians / USA
19/09/2011 08:45
What about the Palestinians Israel kicked out? They NEVER get counted in these polls. So isn't it in error to say "84% of Palestinians"?

6 ) Rami / Palestine
19/09/2011 15:56
5) you are right, I doubt they were polled. I am on of them, yet I think it wouldn't have been practical to involve the refugees at THIS juncture. I believe that a sovereign state of Palestine will not absolve Israel from its historical and legal responsibilities towards the refugees it has displaced forcefully in 1948 from its territories (not State of Palestine) Under UN resolutions, Israel should NOT have been allowed to be a member state before allowing the refugees back to their homes.

7 ) David / Canada
20/09/2011 03:39
For the record: Israel expelled 800,000 Palestinians from late 1947 to the end of 1948 and a further 25,000-30,000 prior to and during the war it launched against Egypt in collusion with France and Britain in 1956 as well as an additional approximately 450,000 during and after the war it launched on 5 June 1967.

8 ) Nina / Switzerland
20/09/2011 13:07
The very sad point is that whatever Palestinians do, their conditions are worsening as we are confronted to a colonisation, advancing, which means, "de facto" an ethnic cleansing, the destruction of homes, orchards... I still don't understand why people pretend there might be any chance that Israeli Occupying Force and its paramilitary forces (settlers) play it in any rational way. Here is one chance that people see what "occupied" palestine, these crumbles, this illegal siege upon Gaza means.
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