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Poll: Over 80% of Palestinians disagree with 'Deal of the Century'

Aug. 6, 2018 4:59 P.M. (Updated: Aug. 9, 2018 4:18 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- A new public opinion poll which was conducted by the Jerusalem Media and Communication Center (JMCC) was published on Monday showing that the majority of Palestinians polled that the so-called "Deal of the Century" will not create acceptable results for the Palestinians.

The opinion poll was conducted in cooperation with the German Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, who confirmed that the poll had a plus or minus three percent margin of error.

The poll took place between the 26th of June and 7th of July 2018 on a random group of 1,200 Palestinians, who were above the age of 18, and were interviewed face-to-face across the occupied West Bank and besieged Gaza Strip.

Interviewees were asked questions regarding the "Deal of the Century" peace plan, proposed by the US, which suggests that the Palestinians can build their own Jerusalem from areas surrounding the city, such as villages and neighborhoods.

The poll showed that the majority, 80.3%, are expecting the "Deal of the Century," to not create awaited results for Palestinians, as to the opposing 6.8% who said otherwise.

The poll also showed that 60.6% support the Palestinian leadership's (PA) refusal of the US being the sole mediator in the peace process.

Another 28.1% agree with the decision to refuse to deal with the US after President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and moving the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem in May.

Meanwhile, the poll showed that Palestinians are divided amongst each other over the idea of returning to peace negotiations, in which 49.1% support this, while 45.6% oppose it.

Despite of the "Deal of the Century" proposal, the poll showed that the public is still pessimistic regarding the likelihood of reconciliation between the Fatah and Hamas movements.

The majority, 56.9%, expressed their pessimism towards the likelihood that the reconciliation agreement signed in 2017 would be subsequently implemented, as opposed to the 35.5% who said the contrary.

In July, hundreds of Palestinians marched across the streets of Ramallah City in the central West Bank, expressing their complete rejection of the 'Deal of the Century' that is being proposed by the United States administration and in support of Palestinian President Mahmmud Abbas' decision to oppose it.
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