Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Polls Apart!

Two polls caught my eyes in today's paper.

The first: Hizbullah inspires 63% of Palestinians
"According to the poll, which was conducted last week, nearly two-thirds of Palestinians (63%) agree that Palestinians should emulate Hizbullah by firing rockets at Israeli cities, compared to 35% who disagreed." (jpost)

The second: 67% of Israelis want talks with PA gov't including Hamas
"A majority of Israelis would support holding negotiations with a Palestinian unity government that includes the Islamic Hamas movement, according to the results of a joint Palestinian-Israeli poll released on Tuesday.Sixty-seven percent of Israeli respondents said such a step could be a necessary requisite for achieving a peace agreement with Palestinians." (Haaretz)

So 63% of Palestinians want to fight us and to destroy our country , but 67% of Israelis want to make peace with them notwithstanding their non-acceptance of the State of Israel, and their desire to wipe Israel off the face of the Earth!

Are we plain stupid, or just so hopelessly optimistic and peace loving?
It never ceases to amaze me how Peace orientated we are, and how war and armed struggle is so much a foundation of the Palestinian identity. (Have you ever heard of a Palestinian Shalom Achshav equivalent?)

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