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Survey published by al-Najah University in Nablus shows most of Gaza's residents are in favor of handing over control of Strip's crossing to PA, do not believe US President Bush will keep his promise to help establish Palestinian state

Most of the Palestinians oppose ongoing rocket fire on southern Israel from the Gaza Strip, according to a poll published Wednesday by the al-Najah University in Nablus.


The survey, which included 860 Palestinians from the West Bank and Gaza, revealed that 53% of the respondents are against the rocket fire, as opposed to 44% who believe it should continue.


Seventy percent of the Palestinians believe that the Qassam fire should be stopped in exchange for the end of the Israeli-imposed blockade on the Strip, while 25.4% are against this.


Forty-three percent are of the opinion that the rocket fire is hurting Palestinian interest, compared to 34% who believe the opposite.


About 51% of the respondents believe that if Hamas goes back on its takeover of the Strip, the Israeli siege on Gaza will be lifted, while 40% say that this will not help as well.


Fifty-three percent expressed their support of Hamas' breach of the Gaza-Egypt border, while 43% opposed the act.


As for the control of the Strip's crossings, a vast majority, 74%, is in favor of handing over the control to the Palestinian Authority, while 19% are against it.


Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, who has been accused by Hamas of aiding the blockade imposed on Gaza, should be concerned by this figure: Forty-six percent of the respondents believe that the PA's stance regarding the siege is negative. A similar percentage sees it as a positive stance.


Only 24% of the poll participants welcomed US President George W. Bush's visit to the PA earlier this month, while 71% opposed the visit. More than 80% do not believe that Bush will keep his promise to help establish a Palestinian state, and 65% of the respondents are of the opinion that the American president's visit has only worsened the intra-Palestinian conflict.


פרסום ראשון: 01.30.08, 15:48
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