A study by the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research shows that there is strong support among the Palestinian people for armed struggle against Israel. In a survey involving 1270 Palestinians, 44% answer that armed struggle is the most effective means of establishing a Palestinian state. 28% believe that negotiations are the most effective method, while 23% believe that non-violent resistance is the most effective.
The survey was conducted in the West Bank and Gaza Strip on 12-16. December 2018. The margin of error is reported at 3 percent.
The responses from the respondents show that the popularity of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas continues to decline both in the West Bank and in the Gaza Strip, while Hamas is gaining popularity in both places. The violent protests along the border and rocket attacks on Israel seem to have increased the terrorist group’s popularity among the Palestinians. If there had been a presidential election today, Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh would have won Abbas, according to the survey.
64% of respondents want Abbas to step down as president. He was elected to a four-year term in 2005, but has served nine years “in overtime”.
The survey also shows that trust in the Palestinian Authority (Palestinian Authority) is slim. About 80% of respondents believe that the institution is corrupt.
An overwhelming majority of respondents (88%) believe that Palestinians selling property in East Jerusalem or the West Bank to Jews are traitors, while 9% are content to call them corrupt and unpatriotic.
Recently, a Palestinian was sentenced to 15 years of harsh punishment for selling property to a Jew. Most Palestinians believe the punishment is harsh enough. 64% of respondents believe that the sale of land to Jews should be punishable by death. Only 22% believe that imprisonment is sufficient.
The survey also shows that a majority of Palestinians are opposed to the two-state solution. 43% say they are in favor of such a solution, while 55% are against.
However, if they have to choose between a two-state solution, a one-state solution or another (unspecified) solution, 45% of them prefer the two-state solution and 22% a one-state solution, while 23% answer that they prefer a second solution.
Other findings in the study can be found by clicking on the press release here.
Source and Notes
Originally published in Norwegian on 19 December 2018 “Palestinians have more faith in armed struggle than diplomacy with Israel”. Based on the Press Release on “Public Opinion Poll No (70)” from the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research, 18 December 2018.
More on the violent riots along the border between Gaza and Israel:
The riots along the border fence between Israel and the Gaza Strip involve a large number of Palestinian violations of international law (September 2018)
Half truths and whole lies about the Gaza riots (May 2018)