Poll: Half of Palestinians will never recognize Israel

Thursday, January 12, 2012 |  Ryan Jones

A poll conducted last month shows that nearly half of all Palestinians will never recognize Israel's right to exist as the national homeland of the Jewish people, even if a comprehensive peace agreement that meets all Arab demands is achieved.

Conducted by the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research, the poll asked:

"There is a proposal that after the establishment of an independent Palestinian state and the settlement of all issues in dispute, including the refugees and Jerusalem issues, there will be a mutual recognition of Israel as the state of the Jewish people and Palestine as the state of the Palestinians people. Do you agree or disagree to this proposal?"

While just over 50 percent said they would agree to such an outcome, 46.8 percent said they will never recognize Israel under those terms.

The results of the poll demonstrate the effects of over a decade of Palestinian Authority school education and media propaganda that has portrayed Israel as an usurper and the Jews as foreign invaders. It is only natural that those most fully indoctrinated by this education and media propaganda would never be able to view Israel as anything but an enemy, even with a full peace treaty.

That is precisely the reason that the original "Oslo Accords" stipulated that both sides must educate their people for peace and coexistence. The Palestinian Authority has instead used millions of dollars in foreign aid to do the opposite, as revealed time and again by organizations like Palestinian Media Watch.

But since a comprehensive peace deal is not even in sight, the poll went on to ask participants what Palestinians should do in the meantime. A large 41.1 percent minority said they support a full return to armed violence against Israeli Jews. In other words, terrorism.

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