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New Poll Finds Palestinians Reject U.S. Peace Efforts, As New Concerns Over Anti-Jewish Incitement Emerge

A majority of Palestinians believe that the Palestinian Authority should reject efforts by the Obama administration to “bring Palestinians and Israelis back to the negotiating table without any preconditions,” according to a poll published by the Ramallah-based Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research. The question wording accounts for concessions, explicitly outlining that U.S. efforts would include “an economic plan and a focus on negotiations on borders and security.” No dice:

The number was roughly consistent across the West Bank (column 2; 56.3%) and Gaza Strip (column 3; 54.5%), with the total being 55.6% (column 1).

Nearly half of all Palestinians also continue to support “armed attacks against Israeli civilians inside Israel” (46.8%), with the number exceeding 65% for Gazans:

More than one-third of Palestinians, both in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, think that the Palestinians’ “most important” national goal should be to “obtain the right of return to refuges to their 1948 towns and villages” – a euphemism for the demographic destruction of the Jewish state – and an additional 35% think it should be the “second most important” goal:

The poll comes amid rewnewed concerns that Palestinian officials are engaging in religiously-based incitement and neglecting to prepare Palestinian citizens for future compromises necessary to secure a two-state solution. Palestinian media last week aired footage – embedded below – of two Palestinian girls reciting a poem that refers to Jews as “barbaric monkeys, wretched pigs.”

On Monday the Palestinian Authority’s news agency accused “Israeli fanatics” were preparing to destroy Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque and Dome of the Rock in order to construct a Jewish temple.

Secretary of State John Kerry is set to return to the region this week for his sixth peace process-orented visit since March.

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