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Survey suggests Palestinian radicalization driven by lack of hope

A recent poll indicates a slight increase in support for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Fatah, mainly due to US policy on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, but those numbers are countered by signs pointing to growing radicalization and lack of hope.

More than eight months after the Palestinian leadership decided to break all ties and contacts with the United States, the majority of Palestinians appear to have sided with their leadership, whose popularity has increased slightly.

According to the latest public opinion poll of Palestinians, published Aug. 6 by the Jerusalem Media and Communications Center (JMCC) in cooperation with the Berlin-based Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, 61% oppose US peace efforts, while 80% of respondents “don’t believe [the forthcoming US peace plan] will produce anything acceptable to Palestinians.”

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