Palestinians less concerned about 'settlements' than poverty

Thursday, April 04, 2013 |  Israel Today Staff

A survey of Palestinian Arabs finds that the presence of Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria, the so-called "West Bank", is only the third most important issue to them at present.

More important in their eyes are growing poverty and the deep rifts that remain in Palestinian society as a result of the activities of groups like Hamas.

While a plurality of respondents said they most want to end what they call the "Israeli occupation", that can probably be chalked up to a heavy dose of indoctrination over the past decade, and a general feeling that the economic issues have no immediate solution.

That the so-called settlements were not the number one problem for Palestinians is evidence that Jews living in these areas really isn't such a big deal as the world makes of it.

The survey was conducted by the Ramallah-based Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research.

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