Palestinians support rocket attacks on Israel

Thursday, July 19, 2007 |  by Staff Writer

A majority of Palestinian Arabs support continued rocket attacks on southern Israel as a means of extracting further concessions in peace negotiations, which they also support.

According to the results of a poll conducted by the Fafo organization, 56 percent of Palestinians in Gaza and Judea and Samaria (the West Bank) want the terrorists among them to continue pounding Israelis with rockets and mortars.

At the same time, 58 percent said they back the resumption of direct peace negotiations.

Previous polls have revealed that a majority of Palestinians view the use of terrorist violence as an effective negotiating tactic.

The Fafo poll further showed that an overwhelming 85 percent of Palestinians want reconciliation between Fatah and Hamas, and for both groups to continue to play a role in the governing of the Palestinian Authority-controlled territories.

US President George W. Bush this week pledged some $190 million in American taxpayers' dollars to Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas and his Fatah movement on the assumption that Hamas would never again be allowed to hold the reins of power.

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