Liberals have been desperately trying to find a solution to the Palestinian/Israeli conflict for decades at this point, and their solutions – usually aimed at creating two side-by-side states – have thus far failed to materialize in the real world. This could be partially because liberals take a dim view of Israel’s right to exist, and it could be because they spend most of their time comparing Israel’s “occupation” of the West Bank as akin to Hitler’s invasion of Poland.
But it could also be because they haven’t spent enough time really digging into one important subject: What the Palestinian people themselves actually want. If they would only take a look at a new poll from the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research, they might understand all too well why were are now four decades into “peace talks” without a solution.
The Washington Free Beacon highlighted the results:
If a new presidential election was held today between the current president, Fatah’s Mahmoud Abbas, and the leader of the terrorist group Hamas, Ismail Haniyeh, Hamas would beat Fatah 49 percent to 42 percent.
88 per cent said that Palestinians who sell property to Jews are traitors. 64 percent said the punishment for selling property to Jews should be the death penalty.
Palestinians oppose the concept of a two-state solution, 55 percent to 43 percent.
“A large minority of 44 percent thinks that armed struggle is the most effective means of establishing a Palestinian state next to the state of Israel while 28 percent believe that negotiation is the most effective means and 23 percent think non-violent resistance is the most effective.”
In lieu of negotiations, “54 percent support a return to an armed intifada,” i.e. terrorism.
50 percent of Palestinians reject in principle the holding of negotiations in order to resolve the conflict.
In a speech in front of the United Nations last week, outgoing Ambassador Nikki Haley told the Security Council that the Trump administration was preparing to unveil a new approach to peace between Israel and the Palestinians. She advised them to be open to the plan, which cast a lot of the old negotiation strategies out the window in favor of a brand-new take on the problem.
But polls like these suggest that there may be no genius new plan that can actually give the Palestinians their own state. Because for that possibility to exist, you have to have Palestinians who crave peace more than the destruction of Israel. And it’s not clear from this poll – among other indicators – that this is currently the case. And as long as terrorists are controlling the culture, things are unlikely to change.