Thursday, August 29, 2002
Hard to know how accurate any polls of the Palestinian population are this Survey is nonetheless revealing. Some key results:
ATTITUDES TOWARDS WAR:
* 92% support armed attacks on Israeli soldiers and civilians in the territories.
* 52% support armed attacks on Israeli civilians in pre-67 Israel and 53% would oppose any cease-fire that involved ending these attacks.
* 76% believe violent attacks will continue, regardless of whether there will be a return to negotiations by both parties.
* 71% say violence has achieved Palestinian rights in a way that negotiations could not.
ATTITUDES TOWARD PEACE:
* 57% say reconciliation between Israelis and Palestians will never be possible or will take generations.
* 71% believe peace is impossible or "definitely impossible."
* 63% would oppose an end to incitement against Israel and Israelis even after a peace agreement was signed and Israel recognized a Palestinian state.
* 88% would oppose teaching children in school to recognize Israel even after a peace agreement was signed and Israel recognized a Palestinian state.
* 62% would not invite an Israeli colleague to their homes and 64% would not visit an Israeli colleague's home even after a peace agreement was signed and Israel recognized a Palestinian state.
How much more is there to say?