Majority of Palestinians lose hope in 2 States, Await Israeli Ethnic Cleansing

Ma’an News Agency | – –

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — A majority of Palestinians now oppose a two-state solution to the conflict with Israel, with only a third believing it is still a practical possibility, a poll released Monday found.

The poll, conducted by the Palestinian Center for Policy and Research, found that 51 percent of Palestinians now oppose a two-state solution — up from 48 percent in June — while 48 percent still support it.

A Palestinian flag flies near the Palestinian community of Khirbet Susiya, which Israel has earmarked for demolition. (MaanImages/Charlie Hoyle/File)

Moreover, 65 percent of Palestinians said that they no longer believe a two-state solution is a practical possibility due to the expansion of illegal Israeli settlements across the occupied Palestinian territory.

The poll found that only 32 percent of Palestinians believe an independent Palestinian state can still be achieved.

The research center questioned 1,270 adults in face-to-face interviews for the poll, which it said had a margin of error of 3 percent.

It found that an overwhelming 85 percent of Palestinians believe Israel’s long-term aspiration is “to annex the lands occupied in 1967 and expel their population or deny them their rights,” with only 15 percent believing that Israel intends to withdraw from the occupied territory.

Meanwhile, support for armed resistance to Israel rose among Palestinians from 36 percent three months ago to 42 percent now, with a startling 57 percent now supporting a return to an armed intifada, or uprising.

A majority of 51 percent also support the dissolution of the Palestinian Authority, the poll found.

Over 60 percent of the land area of occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank is controlled by Israeli forces and is home to over half a million Israelis living in Jewish-only settlements deemed illegal under international law.

In spite of this, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said in the lead-up to Israeli elections that Palestinian leadership would embark on renewed negotiations with any Israeli government that supported the two-state solution.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjanmin Netanyahu unequivocally ruled out the possibility for an independent Palestinian state during his election campaign, in a statement he later back-peddled on following international criticism.

The majority of the government he later pieced together publicly opposes the establishment of an independent continuous Palestinian state.

The Palestinian leadership has said repeatedly that the continued expansion of settlements throughout the occupied Palestinian territory is making the option of a two-state solution championed in past peace negotiations nearly impossible.

In July, the European Union Council noted that “facts on the ground” were rapidly eroding the viability of a two-state solution.

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  1. If an independent Palestinian can not be achieved, the alternative is the annexation of the Palestinian territories. The status of those living in the new territories would then have to be decided. Would they be citizens with equal rights or would apartheid have to be imposed?
    If Palestinians declared Israel’s actions have made a two state solution impossible and demanded outright annexation and full civil rights, Israel would be put in a very difficult situation. The pressure would be on them to deal with several million Arabs living under occupation who demand a resolution to the stalemate. Not so easy for the US either if the ‘pie in the sky’ solution disappears and the US is defending Jim Crow policies in its ally.

    • If Palestinians declared Israel’s actions have made a two state solution impossible and demanded outright annexation and full civil rights, Israel would be put in a very difficult situation. ”

      It will happen within 10 years.

      • Can you imagine in 10 years time a delegation of West Bank residents turning up at an AIPAC conference claiming to be Israelis and asking for help in getting their civil rights in a democratic Israel?

        • We can imagine, but it’ll never happen. These poor Palestinians are going to be shipped out in the next 20 years to some godforsaken piece of desert.

  2. Let’s face it. the 2 state solution was never a realistic or viable option because of the segmentation of the Palestinian land by the colonial power. Only the one democratic state with equal rights is possible, of course if the jewish taliban of Israel would accept it.

  3. It’s obvious to all except the mainstream western media that the aim from the beginning was the ethnic cleansing of the land and the creation of a settler state over all of what is Israel and Palestine today.
    The problem however is that it is not easy to “ethnically cleanse” millions of people anymore without the world finding out.

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