Majority of Palestinians Expect Intifada If Talks Fail

YERUSHALAYIM -

A majority of Palestinians — 58 percent — said in an opinion poll that they expect a third intifada will occurr if the peace talks with Israel fail, The Jerusalem Post reported.

The poll, conducted by the Palestinian Center for Public Opinion, also found that 50 percent support the resumption of the peace negotiations with Israel, while 39% oppose it.

The Center asked the opinions of 1,110 Palestinians in Yehudah and Shomron, east Yerushalayim and the Gaza Strip. It has a margin of error of 2.9 percentage points.

Asked how an agreement with Israel should be ratified, 46% said it should be submitted to a referendum, while 25% said that they would go along with a decision by the Palestinian Authority.

Also on Wednesday, Nimer Hammad, political adviser to Abbas, told the Quds Net News Agency that the talks with Israel haven’t reached a dead-end, but were “facing difficulties here and there.”