Poll: Most PA Arabs Believe Renewing Peace Talks was a Mistake
Most Palestinian Authority (PA) Arabs believe the renewal of peace talks with Israel was a mistake and over two thirds think the negotiations will fail, according to a poll released Wednesday.
The Jerusalem Media and Communications Centre (JMCC) survey questioned 1,200 adults in PA- and Hamas-controlled areas between November 13-17 and has an error margin of 3.0 percent. JMCC is a Palestinian Arab organization founded in 1988 which reaches out to international organizations with data collected in polls, from Arab-language media, and other resources.
AFP reports the poll results, according to which just over half the respondents - 50.5 percent - said the decision by PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas to resume US-brokered peace talks with Israel in late July was a mistake, while 33.8 percent said it was the right decision.
In addition, only one in five - or 20.8 percent - believed the talks would yield an agreement; 68.7 percent expected them to fail.
The percentage of those who see negotiations as the best way to establish a Palestinian state stood at 32.3 percent, down from 36.8% in March.
Three in 10 respondents - or 29.3 percent - said they believed the best way to achieve such goals would be through "armed resistance," while 27.1 percent favoured a strategy of "non-violent resistance."
Some 49.3 percent of those questioned said that security coordination between the PA and Israel should be stopped, while just over a third - 36.3 percent - said it should continue.
Were parliamentary elections to be held now, 37.1 percent said they would vote for Abbas's Fatah party, while 18.8 percent would back the rival Hamas movement, which rules Gaza, according to the poll. It is important to note that Abbas's term technically expired in 2009 - and has not been legally renewed since, making actual elections results difficult to predict.
The poll results follow another poll conducted earlier this month by the A-Najah University in Shechem. That poll revealed that over 70% of PA Arabs believes that talks would fail, and over 58% maintained that the renewed efforts would lead to another "intifada," or terror war against Israel.