Most Palestinians no longer believe in two-state deal
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP):
Two-thirds of Palestinians believe a two-state solution to their conflict with Israel is no longer possible, a poll said yesterday.
The share of those who lost faith in such a deal rose from 56 per cent in September to 65 per cent now, probably due to an acceleration of settlement activity, said the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey research.
Most in the international community still back the establishment of a Palestinian state alongside Israel, even though a deal appears to be increasingly complicated, in part because of the continued growth of settlements. Gaps between Israeli and Palestinian leaders remain wide, preventing any meaningful talks since 2009.
The poll was conducted last week among 1,270 Palestinians and had an error margin of three percentage points.
The survey also found that 54 per cent have no faith in the newly elected leadership of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah movement. The vote at a recent Fatah convention affirmed ageing party stalwarts in top jobs and was seen as a move to sideline exiled Abbas rival Mohammed Dahlan.