Poll: Palestinians support peace, believe Mash’al does too

From “If America Knew“, Sunday, July 26, 2009

Bethlehem – An overwhelming majority of Palestinians believe Hamas leader in exile Khalid Mash’al has recognized Israel’s right to exist following his June speech where he expressed support for a two-state solution, a recent poll found.

A monthly poll for the Near East Consulting company released in July focused on Palestinian perceptions of political change amongst the rival parties Fatah and Hamas. The poll was carried out from 4-6 of July on a random sample of 949 respondents in the West Bank and Gaza……

Most Palestinians want peace

Two thirds of Palestinians support a peace settlement with Israel, 77%, and 70% would agree to disarm all factions and leave security in the hands of the Palestinian Authority security services.

Pessimism reigned over prospects that US President Barack Obama would seriously pursue the halt of settlement construction, with 64% of respondents saying he was unlikely or would not push the goal. While most were for a peace deal, 92% supported President Abbas’ decision to halt peace talks until settlement construction is frozen. Full story

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