(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to JNS.org) Nearly two-thirds of Palestinians oppose armed resistance against Israel, according to a recent Jerusalem Media and Communication Center poll.
Some 1,200 Palestinians from the West Bank and Gaza Strip were polled, and only 31 percent supported armed conflict, a 20 percent drop since the last poll was taken four months ago, shortly after Operation Pillar of Defense ended in November.
While the popularity of a violent resistance has dropped, there was a notable rise in support for nonviolent resistance. About 84 percent of respondents said they support non-violent resistance and about 79 percent said such efforts should be intensified. About 30 percent supported a “peaceful popular intifada” as the primary means for achieving a Palestinian state—up from 22 percent in December 2012—as opposed to peace negotiations with Israel.
The poll also shows that nearly two-thirds of Palestinians oppose renewing negotiations with Israel until it freezes construction of Jewish communities beyond the 1967 armistice line, also known as the Green Line. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, on the other hand, has repeatedly expressed the desire to return to the negotiating table with the Palestinians if there are no preconditions for such talks.
“I am determined not only to resume the peace process with the Palestinians, but to make a serious effort to end this conflict once and for all,” Netanyahu told U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry last week when Kerry visited Israel.