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We would like to believe that most Palestinians and Arabs are ‘moderate’, but poll after poll proves otherwise. When will Israel ever have a partner for peace? The world, including Israel, must do something to free Palestinians from the systematic indoctrination that Hamas inflicts on its population starting at the youngest of ages. Until the Palestinians choose to value life more than death, until they choose to care more about the life of their own children than the death of Jews, neither they nor the Israelis will ever be able to live in peace.

If elections were held today in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh would defeat Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, according to an opinion poll published on Monday.

The survey also showed that Hamas’s popularity among Palestinians had increased in the aftermath of Operation Cast Lead.

The poll, which questioned more than 1,270 Palestinians, was conducted last weekend by the West Bank-based Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research. It had a margin of error of 3 percent.

The previous poll, conducted last December, gave Hamas only a 28% popularity rating, while the current poll showed the movement’s popularity had increased to 33%.

The pollsters did not offer any explanation as to why Abbas’s popularity dropped from 48% last December to 45% in March.

Three months ago, Haniyeh received a 38% popularity rating, while this time he was given 47%.

(full article here)

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