Poll: PA Arabs Oppose Talks, Hope for Peace Deal

A poll conducted by PA researchers shows respondents want Hamas-Fatah rule and support attacks, yet are optimistic on peace.<br/>

Maayana Miskin, | updated: 09:08

PA Arabs at Rafiah crossing
PA Arabs at Rafiah crossing
Israel news photo: Flash 90

A poll released Wednesday by the Palestinian Center for Public Opinion shows that the majority of PA Arabs miss former PA Chairman Yasser Arafat and want Hamas and Fatah to reconcile. In addition, more than 46% support rocket attacks.

However, a majority also expressed hope that Israel and the PA will reach a permanent peace deal within the next year.

A majority of the respondents of 56.1% said talks should not take place unless Israel renews the construction freeze on Jews in Judea and Samaria.

Despite the PA's current refusal to negotiate, 50% percent said that the latest round of Israel-PA talks “will succeed” or “will certainly succeed” in creating permanent peace, while 44% said the talks would fail or that peace would not be permanent.  Six percent no answer.

When asked if Israel and the PA will reach any peace agreement this year, 13.5% said yes, and an additional 58.6% said it is likely. Only 26.2% said no. More than 63% agreed that “Israelis are concerned about making peace.”

While more than 50% of respondents expressed trust in Fatah, the leading PA party, only 43.2% said they were satisfied with the performance of PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, while 44.7% said they were dissatisfied. More than 86% said they miss the last PA Chairman, deceased Fatah head Yasser Arafat, widely considered the father of modern-day terrorism.

More than 56% said they would like to see Hamas and Fatah sign a reconciliation deal and resume joint control of the PA, while under 30% opposed the deal.

Rocket Attacks
Respondents were split on the subject of rocket attacks on Israel. 46.2% said they “strongly” or “somewhat” support such attacks, while 49.4% said they oppose attacks.

When asked what they think will happen if peace talks fail, 34.3% said the PA would dissolve, terrorists would seize control and the world would need to step in. Just over 31% said the PA would declare a state unilaterally, and “violent resistance” - terrorism – would escalate. Almost 30% said they think there would be little change, and life would continue as normal.