PA Survey Shows: Peace Still Far Off

A poll carried out in the Palestinian Authority by the Al-Mustaqabal Research Institute shows that nearly 2/3 of PA Arabs object to normalized relations with Israel - even if Israel quits Yesha.

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Hillel Fendel, | updated: 11:00

64.1% of the respondents said they oppose the Saudi peace initiative that calls for Israel to leave Judea and Samaria, the establishment of a Palestinian state - and subsequent normalized relations between it and Israel.

Former IDF Research Division Chief Gen. Yossi Kuperwasser says that the above plan recognizes "only Israel's existence, but not its right to exist. This is very significant. Only one who is blind does not see that Israel exists - but the question is whether they recognize our right to exist. Not only Hamas, but even Fatah is not willing to do so." Kuperwasser spoke with Arutz-7 correspondent Haggai Huberman.

The survey, released yesterday (Monday), indicates that despite the many pro-Arab decisions over the years in the UN, a strong majority of 77.3% view the international community and its decisions as "unfair to the Palestinians." Close to 69% even feel that the Arab initiative approved at the Beirut Summit in 2002 is not fair.

Over 60% of those polled support Hamas for not having yielded to international pressure to recognize Israel.

The respondents were divided over the proper course for the PA to take in the event that Fatah and Hamas fail to agree on a unity government. 35.5% feel that Hamas should continue to run the government, while only a third of that amount - 11.8% - say Fatah should lead. 23.6% feel that new elections should be held.