A poll released on Monday found that two-thirds of Palestinians support the ongoing wave of stabbings against Israelis, while nearly the same percentage give a thumbs-up to the idea of an armed uprising, or intifada, against Israel.
France24 reports that a survey of 1,270 people in 127 randomly selected locations by the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research (PSR) reveals that 67 percent support the use of knives, while 66 percent of those asked said an armed intifada or uprising would "serve Palestinian national interests in ways that negotiations could not."
On the up side, nearly three-quarters said they opposed the involvement of "young schoolgirls" in stabbings. How chivalrous of them.
In the last two and a half months, almost daily attacks by Palestinians and clashes with Israeli soldiers have left 117 Palestinians dead, 17 Israelis, an American and an Eritrean. Of the Palestinians killed, many were attackers, and most were young people. Others have been shot dead by Israeli security forces during clashes.
Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas said today that young Palestinian demonstrators were "driven by despair (over the fact) that a two-state solution is not coming." That's a curious assertion, since the Palestinians have consistently rejected offers of two-state solutions. If the Palestinians are driven by despair at all, it's over the fact that Israel still exists at all.
In fact, the PSR survey showed that just 45 percent of Palestinians support a two-state solution and only 34 percent think it is even feasible.
Furthermore according to the survey, 65 percent of Palestinians also prefer to be lead by the terrorist organization Hamas rather than by Abbas. Apparently Palestinian Muslim moderates were unavailable the day the poll was taken. Khalil Shikaki, head of the PSR, offered this explanation: "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."
He added that the poll suggests more violence can be expected during 2016.