Poll: Palestinians don't support two-state solution

Monday, May 19, 2008 |  by Staff Writer

A recently conducted Palestinian public opinion poll shows that most Palestinian Arabs do not support a long-term two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, calling into question the premise upon which the land-for-peace process is based.

Israeli leaders and the international community have built the current peace process on the assumption that if the Palestinian Arabs are given a state in Judea, Samaria and the Gaza Strip, they will end their desire to destroy Israel and accept the Jewish state as a permanent neighbor.

The new poll revealed that the Palestinians will accept a sovereign state in Judea, Samaria and Gaza, but only as a first step toward removing Israel from the map. Yasser Arafat long admitted this was the ultimate goal, even after he signed the so-called "Oslo Accord."

A 57.6 percent majority of those surveyed said they still identify with the diabolical long-term strategy of their deceased leader and reject the permanent establishment of two states, Israel and Palestine, on the lands west of the Jordan River.

The poll was conducted by the Center for Opinion Polls and Survey Studies at An-Najah University in the Samarian town of Nablus.

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