Majority of Palestinians Want Abbas to Resign, Poll Reveals

83 percent of the public think the Trump Administration will be biased in favor of Israel if negotiations resume under US sponsorship.

The great majority of Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza said they thought that President Abu Mazen (Mahmoud Abbas) should resign, according to a new survey carried out by the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research (PSR), quoted by Maan news agency.

According to the center’s findings, “a large majority believes that Palestinians can not criticize the PA without fear”.

The Gaza Strip has been under the ruling of Islamic Hamas movement since 2007, when the movement had violently seized control of the territory following weeks of internal fighting with Abbas and his Fatah movement’s militants. The edge in support for Abbas in the West Bank would not be enough to defeat Ismail Haniyyeh, the head of Hamas in the Gaza Strip. Fatah’s popularity in the Gaza Strip stands at 28 percent, compared to 40 percent only nine months ago.

The PLO also welcomed last week’s declaration of Hamas in Cairo to dissolve the controversial Administrative Committee that Hamas formed previous year to run the daily affairs of more than 2 million people in the enclave.

Al-Maqdesi said the three were residents of the Nuseirat refugee camp in central Gaza and that they managed to pass through one of the tunnels that remains open despite the war being waged by the Egyptian army against the tunnels between the two sides of the border and despite the campaign being waged by Hamas against terror tunnels that do not serve its own members.

In regards to the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, 74 percent of Palestinians believe the US Administration under Donald Trump is “not serious in its efforts” to reach a peace agreement, while 83 percent of the public believe that if negotiations are resumed under US sponsorship, the Trump Administration will be biased in favor of Israel. A 57% majority believes the so-called “two-state solution” is no longer feasible. “Indeed, if presidential elections were held today, Haniyeh would win against Abbas”.

This article has been adapted from its original source.

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