The latest public opinion poll in the Palestinian Authority territories shows that some 61 percent of Palestinians support "military operations" inside Israel compared with only 32% who reject such attacks.
The poll, conducted by the Center for Opinion Polls and Survey Studies at An-Najah University in Nablus, covered some 1,360 Palestinians whose age group is above 18. Its margin of error is about 3%.If 36% say they are opposed to firing rockets from Gaza only "because they hurt the Palestinian cause"--does that qualify them as Arab moderates?
Although the center did not specify the nature of the "military operations," many Palestinians interpret the term as a reference to suicide bombings inside Israeli cities.
This is the first poll in several years that shows growing support among Palestinians for launching terror attacks inside Israel. The results reflect an increased trend of radicalism among the Palestinian public.
Previous polls conducted by different Palestinian organizations showed that a majority of Palestinians would like to see such attacks restricted only to the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
The latest poll, too, indicated that over 62% of the Palestinians support concentrating the "resistance" within these territories.
Yet, while 42.5% of those surveyed rejected the launching of rockets from the Gaza Strip into Israel, 36% said they were opposed to such attacks only "because they hurt the Palestinian cause."
According to the poll, 36% of the Palestinians believe that "the best form of resistance that best serves the Palestinian cause is the armed struggle against Israel."
By contrast, only 13% said they prefer to see a "diplomatic struggle" against Israel through peaceful means. [emphasis added]
The 36% of the Palestinians who believe that "the best form of resistance that best serves the Palestinian cause is the armed struggle against Israel"--what are they basing themselves on?
What non-violent means have they