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Poll: Majority of Palestinians oppose two-state solution

Sept. 21, 2015 8:21 P.M. (Updated: Sept. 22, 2015 12:14 P.M.)
A Palestinian flag flies near the Palestinian community of Khirbet Susiya, which Israel has earmarked for demolition. (MaanImages/Charlie Hoyle/File)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- A majority of Palestinians now oppose a two-state solution to the conflict with Israel, with only a third believing it is still a practical possibility, a poll released Monday found.

The poll, conducted by the Palestinian Center for Policy and Research, found that 51 percent of Palestinians now oppose a two-state solution -- up from 48 percent in June -- while 48 percent still support it.

Moreover, 65 percent of Palestinians said that they no longer believe a two-state solution is a practical possibility due to the expansion of illegal Israeli settlements across the occupied Palestinian territory.

The poll found that only 32 percent of Palestinians believe an independent Palestinian state can still be achieved.

The research center questioned 1,270 adults in face-to-face interviews for the poll, which it said had a margin of error of 3 percent.

It found that an overwhelming 85 percent of Palestinians believe Israel's long-term aspiration is "to annex the lands occupied in 1967 and expel their population or deny them their rights," with only 15 percent believing that Israel intends to withdraw from the occupied territory.

Meanwhile, support for armed resistance to Israel rose among Palestinians from 36 percent three months ago to 42 percent now, with a startling 57 percent now supporting a return to an armed intifada, or uprising.

A majority of 51 percent also support the dissolution of the Palestinian Authority, the poll found.

Over 60 percent of the land area of occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank is controlled by Israeli forces and is home to over half a million Israelis living in Jewish-only settlements deemed illegal under international law.

In spite of this, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said in the lead-up to Israeli elections that Palestinian leadership would embark on renewed negotiations with any Israeli government that supported the two-state solution.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjanmin Netanyahu unequivocally ruled out the possibility for an independent Palestinian state during his election campaign, in a statement he later back-peddled on following international criticism.

The majority of the government he later pieced together publicly opposes the establishment of an independent continuous Palestinian state.

The Palestinian leadership has said repeatedly that the continued expansion of settlements throughout the occupied Palestinian territory is making the option of a two-state solution championed in past peace negotiations nearly impossible.

In July, the European Union Council noted that "facts on the ground" were rapidly eroding the viability of a two-state solution.
Luzer / USA
You have only yourselves to blame for not having a country do not blame Israel. The Jews want to live in peace the Arabs want only war and Jewish blood and their land. your focus is on building tunnels rockets and suicide vests not roads or schools or business that will help yourselves.
21/09/2015 20:46
George Mu'ammar / Palestine
The poll was presumably performed only in West Bank. It would be interesting to know what the Gazawi think
21/09/2015 21:17
Joe Fattal / USA
No chance of a two state solution. But also no chance of a one state solution. Means that even Israel is in the same boat as the Palestinians, Israel proper still cannot be define even with all the settlements. Good work Netanyahu.
21/09/2015 21:37
@ Joe / USA
- How can you not realize that the Jewish people have a real state,
with real prosperity. So obviously, with or without a solution,
- Jews are Not "in the same boat as the Palestinians", who have neither !!
21/09/2015 23:33
Outlier / USA
Considering the inept Palestinian leadership and the huge gap in economic success, who can blame them? However, they will either see statehood or a continuation of the current situation indefinitely.
22/09/2015 01:56
Mike / USA
It is sad to say, but this will not end well for either side.
22/09/2015 18:02
Mark Hewes / UK
“We must expel Arabs and take their place.” Ben Gurion writing to his son in 1937
22/09/2015 19:01
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