Wednesday, October 22, 2003

Pal Opinion
Reading about Arab opinions is always interesting, partly because there are so many internal inconsistencies, it boggles the mind. The most common is the old: "Jews attacked the WTC to discredit UBL; UBL is a hero for attacking the WTC." I swear, if they were American lawyers, they would be filthy rich.

One recent poll that includes these trademark inconsitencies found that 75% support the suicide attack at Maxim Restaurant in Haifa leading to the death of 20 Israelis and yet 85% support a mutual cessation of violence. Furthermore, some will find it heartening that 64% support a two-state solution while only 21% want all of "Palestine" back to the Palestinians.

Now Charles Johnson has pointed out another poll that helps clear up this pro-terror/pro-peace confusion.

Fifty-nine percent of Palestinians believe that Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad should continue their armed struggle against Israel even if Israel leaves all of the West Bank and Gaza, including East Jerusalem, and a Palestinian state is created, a new survey shows.

Similarly, 80 percent of Palestinians say that, under those circumstances, the Palestinians should not give up the "right of return."

THAT'S the reason Pals can get behind a two-state agreement; they see it as a first step. They want a state on the WB first, and then they will work on getting the rest. Yet al-Reuters insists on referring to the "uprising for independence."

Here are a couple other things we can learn:
ALLY: 96% of Israeli Jews say the people who piloted the planes on September 11 were terrorists.
NOT ALLY: 37% of Palestinians share that view.
ALLY: 0% of Israeli Jews stated that they support the people who are attacking Americans in Iraq.
NOT ALLY: 42% of Palestinians and 61% of Israeli Arabs said they did.

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