Americans not fooled by Palestinian statehood stunt

Wednesday, September 21, 2011 |  Ryan Jones

The Palestinian Authority is billing its UN statehood bid as the last viable way to end the Israeli-Arab conflict. But a vast majority of Americans see through the ruse, and say it will only lead to an increase in violence.

In a poll conducted last month by McLaughlin & Associates and Caddell Associates National Survey, 74.2 percent of Americans said that if they are given a state at the UN this week, the Palestinians will not abandon their quest to destroy the rest of Israel.

Nearly as many, 70.9 percent, said that in any settlement to the conflict, Jerusalem should remain the undivided capital of Israel. Over 81 percent said the Palestinians must also first openly recognize Israel as the Jewish state before they can be trusted to live peacefully in their own state.

Both of those issues are red lines for the Palestinian Authority, which refuses to relinquish its claims to Jerusalem or to recognize Israel as the national home of the Jewish people.

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