Editor's Note: We need to know what our enemies think. This poll by an Arab polling organization tells us what we need to know. I believe that the horrendous massacre of Israeli school girls in Jordan also holds a poignant lesson for us. It took place on "THE ISLAND OF PEACE." The Freeman Center sends its condolences to the victims families.
The following are the results of a poll of a representative sample of 500 adult Palestinians from
Jerusalem, Bethlehem and Hebron conducted by the Palestinian Center for Public Opinion
(PCPO) at Beit Sahour and prepared under the supervision of its President Dr. Nabil Kukali on
March 9-11, 1997. The survey has a margin of error of +/- 3.5 percentage points.
1. Position on continuing negotiations in the light of Israel's intransigence in building a
settlement on Abu Ghneim. Continue 27.1% halt 34.2% abolish 38.7%
2. President Clinton's invitation to Arafat to visit the United States is a real change in the American policy:
Favor 17.8% oppose 64.2% noncommittal 18%
3. The Palestinian reaction to the settlement on Mount Abu-Ghneim will be:
a neo intafada 48.3% a peaceful confrontation 32.6% abstain 19.1%
4. If the answer to question no 4 is a neo-intafada, are you ready to take part in it?
Yes 48.5% no 27% no opinion 24.5%
5. Are you in favor or against suicidal attacks against Israeli targets?
Favor 40.8% against 44.1% noncommittal 15.1%
6. Position on the American stance in the UN in the light of latest Veto?
Impartial 9.9% biased 72.8% no opinion 17.3%
7. Position on the unilateral decision of the Israeli government on the redeployment in 9%
of the West Bank.
Israel committed to the peace process 4.5% An Israeli hoax to undermine the peace process 67.1% Unsatisfactory unilateral step 28.4%
Minister Ariel Sharon again claimed that Yasser Arafat himself is directly involved in smuggling ammunition into the Palestinian autonomy, taking advantage of the fact that Israel does not check his car at the border crossings. "Other top PA figures act in a similar fashion, and," Sharon said, "in this way the Palestinian Authority is arming itself with anti-tank missiles, ground-to-air missiles, and possibly even Katyushas." Minister Sharon last night recommended to the security cabinet to enforce a series of strong measures against the PA following Friday's attack, but his proposals were not accepted. (ARUTZ 7 3/24)
MK Abdul Malik Dahamshe of the Democratic Arab Party has said the Western Wall is "not
associated with the remains of the Jewish Temple. When the Temple was destroyed not a single
stone remained in place. The Western Wall is part of the Al Aqsa Mosque complex."
He added: "When Mohammed took his horse to Jerusalem - and it was a special horse - he tied it to the Western Wall before he ascended into heaven. Also Jewish sources say that there is nothing connecting the Jews to the Western Wall.:" When asked what the implications of this were, he said: "We are not saying right now that the Jews should be barred from Jerusalem. Just that Jerusalem is holy to everyone. Everyone should have access and that the Moslems should have access, just as the Moslems had access for five thousand years (sic) before the Jews were there../...Jewish services at the Western Wall are not a problem. The problem is if Jews want to pray on the Temple Mount." (IMRA 3/24)
Dr. Aaron Lerner is Director IMRA (Independent Media Review & Analysis).