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Poll: Majority of Palestinians oppose continuing negotiations
Published Tuesday 17/12/2013 (updated) 17/12/2013 17:34
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Palestinians walk past buildings that were heavily damaged by Israeli
attacks in 2008-9 in the southern Gaza Strip town of Rafah.
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BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- A poll released by the Palestinian Center for Public Opinion on Sunday shows that a majority of Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip are pessimistic about the current round of peace negotiations with Israel and oppose their continuation.

The poll also revealed that most Palestinians surveyed are "worried" about the potential for another confrontation with Israel amid general pessimism regarding Israeli intentions in the peace process.

"A majority of the Palestinians feel that the running negotiations between the Palestinians and the Israelis launched on July 30, 2013 have reached an impasse and that there is no need to continue, particularly due to the Israeli intransigence and the continuation of building settlements and the expansion of the existing ones, said the center's president Nabil Kukali in a statement.

"The majority of the Palestinian public anticipates the failure of these negotiations and is not optimistic about the prospect of their success," he added.

57.7 percent of Palestinians surveyed surveyed anticipate the failure of negotiations within the coming months, while less than 20 percent anticipated their success.

Meanwhile, 53 percent of Palestinians surveyed thought that Israel was not willing to "bring the peace negotiations to success," while only 37.4 thought that Israel was willing.

51.3 percent of respondents opposed the continuation of negotiations with Israel, while only 33.6 percent supported their continuation.

The results differed significantly between the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, however, as 42.6 percent of Gaza Strip respondents said they were in favor of continuing the negotiations with Israel against 27.7 percent in the West Bank.

Survey results reflected widespread pessimism and uncertainty in the Palestinian territories, as direct peace negotiations between the Palestinian Authority and Israel since July fail to make headway.

At the same time, the seven-year-old Israeli blockade of Gaza persists while Israel military occupation and incursions against Palestinians in the West Bank continue unabated.

Respondents were split on the issue of firing rockets against Israel, reflecting uncertainty regarding military resistance and fear of the potential for renewed confrontation.

While 49.1 percent of respondents favored launching rockets from the Gaza Strip into Israel, 45.2 percent either opposed this tactic or were reluctant towards it.

67.4 were worried about the potential for another military confrontation with Israel, while only 22.8 were not.

Respondents in the Gaza Strip were far more likely than those in the West Bank to actually anticipate a confrontation in the near future, as 68.3 percent of Gaza Strip respondents said they expected one against 47.9 percent in the West Bank.

These fears likely reflect the fact that the Gaza Strip has seen two large-scale military assaults by Israel in the last few years, including in 2008-9 and 2011, which killed around 1,400 and 170 Gazans respectively and led to major infrastructural damage.

Respondents were not asked their opinions on the widespread non-violent resistance movement against the Israeli occupation, which occurs through weekly protests and marches as well as campaigns for boycott, divestment, and sanctions against Israel.

The poll also touched upon issues of domestic politics, particularly the desire for renewed elections.

62.2 of Palestinians surveyed supported conducting presidential elections "immediately" in both the West Bank and Gaza Strip, while only 28 percent were opposed.

Similarly, 62.1 percent of respondents supported conducting legislative elections immediately, while 28.4 percent were opposed.

The poll was conducted between November 27 and December 2010 by the Palestinian Center for Public Opinion, and involved a random sampling of 1000 adult Palestinians from across the West Bank, East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip.

The survey was conducted face-to-face inside respondents' homes, and respondents were split almost equally between men and women.
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1 ) Bob / USA
17/12/2013 14:43
Israelis see Arabs as Jewkillers and will never trust them. The Jews won the war for the Land. Expect more war. Only when the Jewkilling stops completely will the Arabs get anything. Jews will someday get a leader that will bulldoze every structure in the Land that has ever had a "martyrs' poster" on it or in it. When the Arabs are standing in the rain ...they will have Jewkilling and themselves to blame.

2 ) Palestinian / Palestine
17/12/2013 15:15
After 20 years of negotiating Palestine became "state of NGOs" and its people are called "negotiators". really ... disgusting

3 ) Jihane / Palestine/France
17/12/2013 22:27
How the Hell can Ma'an News let a comment like Bob's through ? Do you guys undertsnad English or what ? How come we're supposed to read such BS on a Palestinian website. As if it isn't enough with JPost, Ynetnews, Haaretz etc etc

4 ) Outlier / USA
18/12/2013 00:29
Then Palestinians should make the best of the current situation. Or wait for Israel to impose a settlement with borders. Negotiation is actually their best alternative, but they are too bitter to recognize it.

5 ) Brian Cohen / Israel
18/12/2013 11:30
Sorry, Jihane, but Maan does indeed believe in free speech - and that includes having to read opinions and ideas that you might object too. The same thing happens in France. Kudos to Maan for promoting dialogue and allowing "bs" from all sides to be posted. Kukali is a great social scientist who does important work that reveals the shortcomings of the peace process and of the leadership involved on all sides.

6 ) Herb Davis / USA
18/12/2013 18:16
The Axis powers that created the mess after the WWII should mandate a solution, impose it and enforce it. Nothing that involves Israel will be considered fair and just by all and an end to the bloodshed(both sides) and the crimes(both sides) is in order. The victors of WWII created it and only they can solve the situation. End all discussion of religious purity and get to a one country solution with one person-one vote.

7 ) Julie / USA
18/12/2013 19:43
i agree 100% with #3 Jihane, it's a disgrace to all of humanity, both the comment and that Ma'an allowed it...whereas Ma'an often does not let my fact-based comments through, and i doubt this one will get posted. i'm starting to distrust Ma'an, wondering if the zionists have paid them off or something.

8 ) Carlos / usa
18/12/2013 20:07
israel is terror murder and lies. I want israel to know we will boycott israel and will demand an end to support of the aparthied regime more and more until they treat israeli Palestinians as 100% citizens, not a sub citizen as they are treated now. We will not stop boycotting and demanding sanctions until israel returns all of the West Bank and occupied Jerusalem to Palestine. We will not stop sanctioning and protesting until Gaza seige ends. That is my promise.

9 ) lex / US
19/12/2013 05:21
The Palestinians and their leaders need to want peace in form and substance and in Arabic and English. They are not there.

10 ) ismail / kenya
20/12/2013 21:57
the media is aganist the palestians, they dont want to say the truth to what is going on palestin. one day one time they will be free from the zionist insha Allah.
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