Palestinians ready to flee new Palestinian state

Monday, September 19, 2011 |  Ryan Jones

It is no secret that most Israelis oppose the Palestinians' unilateral statehood bid scheduled to take place at the UN this week. What is less known is that a very sizable portion of Palestinians aren't too keen on the idea, either.

The latest poll by the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research found that 83 percent of Palestinians verbally support the UN stunt.

However, and this is an important discrepancy, 38.5 percent demonstrated how they really feel by symbolically voting with their feet: they want to emigrate from the new Palestinian state they hope to see established.

In Gaza, where the Palestinians have had a chance to see exactly what will happen in an independent Palestinian-controlled territory, a full 49 percent want to leave. By comparison, while 28 percent of them still want out, a 39 percent plurality of the residents of the Israeli-controlled "West Bank" say it isn't such a bad place to live.

Why the discrepancy? Why do nearly one-third of West Bank residents want to leave if nearly half of the locals think living conditions are "good or very good"? Again, the answer likely lies in Gaza, which was given full independence from Israel and Jews in general, and quickly fell under the sway of terrorist thugs.

Further demonstrating that many Palestinians have no desire to participate in the nation they purportedly want to see established, only 60 percent of respondents said they will vote in the next presidential election.

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