61% of Palestinian Arabs Would Vote for Hamas, More Popular in West Bank than Gaza
Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.
This is the real reason why Abbas won’t hold elections and has been ruling unilaterally for quite a while. It’s because all Hamas needs to do to win an election is start a war.
It’s also why peace is hopeless. A two state solution that depends on negotiations is a non-starter. Abbas doesn’t represent anyone except the PLO. Hamas’ idea of a final solution is the genocide expressed in Article 7 of its charter.
Hamas would win election in Judea and Samaria and well as Gaza and Ismail Haniyeh would defeat Mahmoud Abbas if elections were held today, according to a new poll conducted by the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research.
Before the war in Gaza, Abbas had a 12 point margin over Haniyeh, 53 percent against 41 percent.
The new survey was carried out on the last day of the war and during the first four days of last week’s cease-fire. If elections were held today, Haniyeh would trounce Abbas by a 2-1 margin, with 61 percent support of the voters as opposed to only 32 percent for Abbas.
In addition, 72 percent of Arabs in Judea, Gaza and Samaria support the Hamas strategy of using arms to attack Israelis in Judea and Samaria.
An overwhelming majority of 79 percent believe that Hamas won the war.
Hamas is even more popular in the West Bank than Gaza. This isn’t surprising as Gazans actually live under Hamas rule.
The percentage of Arabs who live in what they call the “West Bank” who would vote for Hamas’s Haniyeh comes in at 66 percent, which is even higher than his standing in Gaza (53 percent).
Hamas was viewed favorably both in terms of its offense against Israel, but also on defense. Nearly four-fifths of all Palestinian Arabs were satisfied with Hamas’s defense of Gazan civilians during the war (78 percent).
The peace thing? It’s not happening.
Unless the two-staters can explain how Israel can have peace with Hamas without destroying it, they really need to stop talking.
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