Most Palestinians think it's OK to kill Jews

Monday, October 25, 2010 |  Ryan Jones

Another Palestinian public opinion poll has yet again revealed that the conditions for lasting peaceful coexistence simply do not exist, and that any final status peace deal signed between Israel and the Palestinian Authority is doomed to failure.

As part of the now-15-year-old peace process, both sides were supposed to create and foster an atmosphere conducive to peaceful coexistence. On the Palestinian side, the people were to be encouraged to stop viewing the murder of Israeli Jews as an acceptable practice, regardless of the reasons behind it.

But in a poll conducted by the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research earlier this month, a majority of the respondents signaled that they never received that memo.

Those polled were asked about the deadly roadside shooting attack that took place just as direct Israeli-Palestinian peace talks were resuming in early September. Four Israelis were killed in that attack, including a mother and father who left behind six young children.

Nearly 50 percent of respondents said they view the attack as an effort to derail the fresh peace talks. Despite being painted as a society hungry for peace, 51 percent said they either strongly support or support that attack.

Because of the backdrop to that shooting, the Palestinian Authority had to make a very public show of cracking down on the terrorists behind it. But over 76 percent of the poll’s respondents said they either oppose or strongly oppose such harsh measures against Palestinians who murder Jewish civilians.

And it’s not only attacks against “settlers” that the Palestinian public endorses. Forty-nine percent of respondents said they either strongly support or support renewing “armed attacks against Israeli civilians inside Israel.” The other 49 percent said they oppose the renewal of such attacks.

With nearly half of Palestinian society still viewing attacks on Israeli Jews in general as perfectly legitimate (to say nothing of the overwhelming majority that supports killing Jews who overstep their boundaries), is it any wonder that most Israelis do not view the Palestinians under their current leadership as viable peace partners?

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