JAFFA, Israel – An overwhelming majority of young Palestinians reject cooperating with Israelis even if they share their neighbor’s vision on the solution to the conflict, a new poll has found.
According to the poll, which was published on Monday by the Jerusalem Media and Communications Center, 64.3 percent of Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip said they would not cooperate with Israelis even if they see eye to eye, as opposed to 27.1 percent who said they would. The poll, based on in-person interviews, sampled 1000 young Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip between April 13 and 19.
Asked which political current they would vote for – secular or Islamist – 32.7 percent said they would vote for the former while 42.4 percent opted for the latter.
Only half of the people surveyed – 50.1 percent – said the Islamic State harms the Palestinian cause, as opposed to 38 percent who said it has no effect and a mere 2.2 percent who said it did.