Friday, December 12, 2014

What else do they want, beyond the 80% who say killing of ordinary Israelis is a good thing?

...When Shikaki says violence is becoming dominant, his numbers show it's effective in moving public opinion on the Arab side: "80 percent supported individual attacks by Palestinians who have stabbed Israelis or rammed cars into crowded train stations." Massive support on that scale is, in our view, a function of the incomprehensible 'understanding' and (to a non-trivial extent) sympathy that such acts of murder and attempted murder of innocent Israeli civilians get in large swathes of the Western media and among influential outsiders.

Fatal attack on a bus by a Palestinian Arab-driven
Jerusalem, August 2014: Four-fifths
of Palestinian Arabs 
say they want more killings
and attacks like this one. 
Yes, four-fifths
[Image Source]
Arnold/Frimet Roth..
This Ongoing War..
10 December '14..

With all the wishing and hoping and thinking and praying that's gone on over the years about how there's a secret desire burning in the collective breast of the Palestinian Arabs for peace and good relations, the evidence keeps pointing in the opposite direction, and wishful thinking is not about to change that.

We have mentioned the work of the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research here a couple of dozen times over the years. They conduct public opinion polls among the Palestinian Arabs, among other aspects of their research work. And when they issue reports, as unpalatable as their findings often are, they reflect a reality that cannot be ignored.

Tuesday, they issued "Palestinian Public Opinion Poll No. 54" based on face-to-face interviews with a sample of more than a thousand Palestinian Arab adults between December 3 and 6, The headlines are not going to surprise anyone who follows events in this part of the world:


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