Poll: 50% of Palestinians Think Peace Talks a Mistake

YERUSHALAYIM -

As the peace talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority continue to stagger along with little prospect of any agreement, a poll published Wednesday showed that half of the Palestinians believe it was a mistake to resume peace talks with Israel, The Jerusalem Post reported.

The poll, conducted by the Yerushalayim Media and Communications Center also showed that nearly 70 percent of Palestinians do not think the negotiations will yield an agreement. The results are in line with previous polls.

Earlier this month, another poll published by An-Najah University in Shechem found that over 70 percent of Palestinians expect the peace talks to fail.

The survey also showed a split over the best method to achieve their goals. One-third of respondents favored negotiations, while another one-third preferred armed resistance. Twenty-seven percent said that they supported a “non-violent, peaceful resistance.”

Regarding the so-called “Arab Spring,” 42 percent of Palestinians believe that it would change the Arab world for the worse.

Meanwhile on Wednesday, Justice Minister Tzipi Livni, Israel’s chief negotiator with the Palestinians, claimed on Israel Radio that substantial progress is being made, in contrast to recent comments by her Palestinian counterparts, including the proffered resignation of their negotiating team.

Speaking about the interim agreement with Iran, she described it as “influencing” time for Israel to have impact on a permanent deal.