Arabs in Jerusalem (illustration)
Arabs in Jerusalem (illustration) Nati Shohat/Flash 90

Two-thirds of Palestinian Arabs support the ongoing wave of terror attacks against Israelis, with the same percentage backing a larger "armed uprising" with more shooting attacks, a poll released on Monday found.

A full 67% back the use of knives, while 66% of those asked said an armed intifada with guns would "serve Palestinian national interests in ways that negotiations could not."

The survery was conducted by the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research (PSR).

Apparently the Palestinians prefer their terrorists to be male, however, as nearly three-quarters said they opposed the involvement of "young schoolgirls" in stabbings.

Since mid September 22 people have been killed in Arab terrorist attacks, with the attacks seeing a sharp uptick to several a day after October 1.

The PSR survey, which interviewed 1,270 people in 127 randomly selected locations, showed just 45% of Palestinian Arabs support the two-state solution, and 34% blamed the "expansion" of the Israeli presence in Judea and Samaria as being responsible for that - even as Jewish construction in the region has reached all new lows under the last two governments.

65% want Abbas out

According to the survey, 65% of Palestinians also want Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas to resign, and if presidential elections took place he would lose to Hamas, the terrorist organization that rules the Gaza.

Abbas's mandate expired in January, 2009 but no vote is scheduled because of divisions between the PA and Hamas.

"The Palestinian public thinks Abbas does not support the current confrontation and is not serious (pursuing) diplomatic confrontation with Israel, which is why he is losing support," Khalil Shikaki, head of the PSR, told AFP.

He added that the poll suggests violence will continue during 2016, with the possible involvement of more heavily armed terrorists.

"The armed militants in refugee camps, including Fatah (Abbas's party) have not moved so far, but a change in behavior of Israeli forces, the loss of legitimacy of leaders and a process of demoralization within Palestinian security forces could lead to more attacks," Shikaki warned.

The full study can be read here.

AFP contributed to this report.

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