Palestinians show strong support for recent attacks against Jews, poll says

A new poll says that Ismail Haniyeh of the terrorist group Hamas (flag pictured) would defeat the Palestinian Authority's Mahmoud Abbas, 53-42 percent, if Palestinian elections were held today. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

( An overwhelming majority of Palestinians support both the recent attacks against Jews in Jerusalem and continued rocket fire at Israel from Gaza, according to a recent poll conducted by the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research.

The poll found that 96 percent of Palestinians believe that Muslim holy sites on the Temple Mount are in “grave danger,” while 80 percent support attempts by “individual Palestinians to stab or run over Israelis in Jerusalem and the rest of the West Bank.”

The survey was conducted in the West Bank and Gaza Strip from Dec. 3-6, with a sample size of 1,270 adults in 127 randomly selected locations and a margin of error of 3 percent. The poll also found that while Palestinians’ belief that Hamas won the summer war with Israel has dropped slightly, 77 percent of Palestinians still support the launching of Gaza rockets at Israel if the so-called Israeli “siege” and blockade of the coastal enclave are not ended. 

According to the poll, if Palestinian elections were held today, Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh would beat out Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas 53-42 percent. Hamas, the terrorist organization governing Gaza, recently said that its six-month unity government with Abbas’s Fatah faction had expired.

Posted on December 10, 2014 .