More Vox Pal [Update: It's the Sharia, Stupid]
What’s the man on the Palestinian Street thinking? Glad you asked.
Do you agree or disagree to what the Brigades of Abu Ali Mustafa (military wing of the PFLP) have done, namely abducting foreigners and demolishing cultural centers belonging to countries of the EU and others as a reaction to the US-American and British attitude in the Israeli raid on Jericho’s prison and the subsequent abduction of the Secretary-General of the PFLP and his comrades?
1. Strongly agree14.5%
2. Somewhat agree33.7%
3. Somewhat disagree27.2%
4. Strongly disagree23.5%
5. Don’t know1.1%
That’s right, essentially half those interviewed think it’s perfectly okay to kidnap and vandalize because Israel took a convicted assassin of an Israeli cabinet minister out of a Palestinian jail (from which he was soon to be freed) and put him in an Israeli jail. Not killed him, jailed him.
But that wasn’t what really ticked the Palestinians off:
Did you feel insulted when watching the TV pictures of the satellite stations showing the Palestinian security men captured and just keeping their underwear?
1. Yes, to a high degree80.7%
2. Yes, to an intermediate degree16.0%
3. No, at all 1.3%
4. Don’t know2.0%
That’s the news, in briefs.
UPDATE: Another poll! All those people who say Hamass won because they were clean Jew-haters, as opposed to the corrupt Jew-haters, Fatah–you know who you are–eat your words. It’s the sharia, stupid.
Given the results of PLC elections which took place about two months
ago, some say that Hamas won because most voters wanted first and foremost (select one only)
1) a fighting authority that resists occupation 6.7
2) a clean authority that fights corruption 35.6
3) a strong authority that ends anarchy and chaos 9.4
4) an Islamic authority that rules according to Sharia and religion 36.6
5) other reasons specify —- 9.3
6) DK/NA 2.4
Wanna know something else?
Now that it has won the elections, should Hamas recognize or not recognize the state of Israel?
1) It should recognize the state of Israel 35.7
2) It should not recognize the state of Israel 60.8
3) DK/NA 3.5
For the assistance to continue, the donor community demand that Hamas must recognize the state of Israel. Do you think Hamas should accept this demand and recognize Israel?
1) Certainly yes 11.6
2) yes 25.5
3) no 42
4) certainly no 17.2
5) DK/NA 3.7
After reaching a peace agreement between the Palestinian people and Israel and the establishment of a Palestinian state that is recognized by Israel, how soon do you think will reconciliation between the two peoples be achieved?
1) Reconciliation is not possible ever 44.5
2) Only in many generations to come 18.1
3) Only in the next generation 11.6
4) Only in the next decade 5.7
5) On the next few years 12.4
6) No Opinion /Don’t know 7.6
Concerning armed attacks against Israeli civilians inside Israel, I..
1) Strongly support 14.2
2) Support 38.2
3) Oppose 40.2
4) Strongly oppose 5
Do you believe that armed confrontations so far has helped achieved Palestinian national and political rights in ways that negotiations could not achieve?
1) Definitely yes 24
2) Yes 42.9
3) No 25.4
4) Definitely no 5.7
5) DK/NA 2
To summarize, the Palestinians don’t believe reconciliation is possible anytime soon, if ever, and support more terrorism, which they feel has helped their cause, even if it costs them money. And the money worries them, a lot, even if the dead Israelis don’t.