Thursday, April 15, 2010

The other news

Though it typically cherry-picks and misrepresents results, Reuters Middle East Bureau often turns to Palestinian opinion polls in an effort to demonstrate that the Palestinian Arabs are genuinely interested in a "two-state solution" and peaceful coexistence with the Jews of Israel.  In the latest poll -- this one unreported by Reuters -- An-Najah National University asked 1,861 Palestinians across the West Bank (Judea and Samaria) and Gaza questions like:
Do you accept the creation of a Palestinian state within the 1967 borders with some land exchange as a final solution for the Palestinian problem?
The response:
Yes 28.3
No 66.7
No opinion/I do not know 5.0
Do you support or reject making Jerusalem a capital for two states: Palestine and Israel?
The response:
I support 20.8
I reject 77.4
No opinion/I do not know 1.8
Pretty disheartening stuff when you're trying to feed the public the illusion that if only Israelis would make additional land concessions and share Jerusalem, the Palestinians would allow them to live in peace.  We're not surprised Reuters chose not to run the story.

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