Palestinians know rocket fire is bad, but support it anyway

Thursday, May 15, 2008 |  by Staff Writer

A majority of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip recognize that rocket attacks on southern Israel are just as or more harmful for them than for the intended victims, but want them to continue anyway, according to the results of a recently conducted Palestinian opinion poll.

Over 50 percent of respondents agreed that ongoing rocket attacks from Gaza on southern Israel are harming the "Palestinian cause." Nevertheless, a 45 percent plurality said they support the continuation of such attacks. Only 40 percent outright opposed the rocket fire.

Furthermore, a 63 percent majority of Palestinians in Gaza and Judea-Samaria (the so-called "West Bank") said they support Hamas' refusal to recognize Israel's right to exist.

The poll was conducted among 1,200 Palestinian Arabs at the beginning of May by the Ramallah-based organization Arab World for Research & Development.

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