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Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh
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Poll shows Hamas leader would win Palestinian elections
Terror group's leader Ismail Haniyeh would triumph over Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in both, Gaza and the West Bank, if elections were held today, according to a recent public poll.
A public opinion poll shows that Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas would lose to the leader of the Islamic militant group Hamas if elections were held today.

 

 

The poll conducted by prominent pollster Khalil Shikaki and released Tuesday shows that Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh would win with 49 percent to Abbas’ 42 percent.

 

Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh during parade marking terror group's establishment (Photo: AFP)
Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh during parade marking terror group's establishment (Photo: AFP)

 

Shikaki links the results to what’s perceived as a Hamas win in its latest confrontation with Israel and dissatisfaction with Abbas’ government, particularly over a new social security law.

 

The poll interviewed 1,200 people in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip and had a 3 percent margin of error.

 

Abbas’ Fatah faction and Hamas are bitter rivals. Palestinian elections were last held in 2006 and have been repeatedly delayed since.

 

Last month, a botched Israeli commando incursion triggered a flare-up between Israel and Gaza, which saw the fiercest Hamas rocket salvoes and IDF airstrikes since 2014 Operation Protective Edge.

 

 


פרסום ראשון: 12.18.18, 20:22
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