Dear Israel, support for Hamas is soaring after the Gaza war

Dina Rickman@dinarickman
Wednesday 03 September 2014 19:40
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Support for Hamas is soaring in Gaza in the wake of the latest Israeli military operation in the Gaza Strip, in which more than 2,000 Palestinians, most of whom were civilians, died.

According to the latest polling from the Palestinian Centre for Policy and Survey Research (PSR), the war has actually galvanised a spike in support for Hamas to an extent not seen since 2006.

It surveyed 1,270 adults in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip between 26-30 August 2014. The poll indicates that if Hamas were to hold elections in the West Bank today, where the Palestinian Authority has power, it would win.

It's also interesting to note than 86 per cent of those surveyed supported firing rockets at Israel if the blockade on Gaza does not end. The majority have all but given up on peace, with 51 per cent saying the chances for the resumption of negotiations between Israel and Palestine are low or non-existent.

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