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Date posted: May 10, 2016
By Center for Opinion Polls and Survey Studies

Background

The Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu rejected the French Initiative that calls for holding a peace conference in the Middle East. The French Initiative suggests principles for ending the conflict on the basis of a recognition of the 1967 borders with some land exchange between the two sides and making Jerusalem a shared capital between the two states. It also suggests a definite timetable that leads to the end of the Israeli occupation and calls for an international peace conference.

The UNESCO adopted a group of decisions relating to Jerusalem and Al-Aqsa Mosque. Among these decisions is rejecting the use of the term ďTemple MountĒ when referring to Al-Aqsa. UNESCO now adopts the Islamic Arabic name: Al-Masjed Al-Aqsa Al-Mubarak. UNESCO also called for restoring the status quo to its realities as they were in September 2000 when the Jordanian Ministry of Waqf had complete dominance over the site.

After the signed agreement between Fateh and Hamas to end the Palestinian split, nothing was carried out of the agreement other than the formation of a Palestinian coalition government; the other items have not been implemented.

The Results

Following are the results of the Palestinian Public Opinion Poll no. 52 conducted by the Center for Opinion Polls and Survey Studies at An-Najah National University during the period from 3-5 May 2016. The University sponsors all polls conducted by its Center.

This poll undertakes the Palestinian public opinion in Israelís rejection of the French Initiative, the priorities of the Palestinian Authority (PA), the boycott campaign of Israeli goods and products, the possibilities of conducting presidential and legislative elections in addition to the political affiliations of Palestinian people.

The sample included 1363 persons whose age group is 18 and above and who have the right to vote. The enclosed questionnaire was distributed on 863 persons from the West Bank and 500 persons from the Gaza Strip. The sample was drawn randomly and the margin of error is about Ī3%; still 1.9% of the members of the sample refused to answer the questionnaire.

The General Results:

  • 21.1% of respondents supported the return of Palestinians to negotiations under the sole sponsorship of the United States after Netanyahuís rejection of the French Initiative which called for an international peace conference in the Middle East; 69.3% rejected.
  • 56.8% of respondents supported Palestinian turn to the Security Council and the international organizations after Netanyahuís rejection of the French Initiative which called for an international peace conference in the Middle East; 34.9% rejected.
  • 7.4% of respondents considered the United States an honest broker in the Palestinian-Israeli peace negotiations.
  • 44.1% of respondents thought that the decisions the Human Rights Council in Geneva voted on serve the Palestinian case.
  • 61.6% of respondents saw that the PLO and the PA should follow up with the decisions of the Human Rights Council and draw international support to implement these decisions.

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Source: An-Najah National University
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