(AA) – A majority of Palestinians – 60 percent – want the Palestinian Authority (PA) to halt security cooperation with Israel, a recent opinion survey has revealed.
The Ramallah-based Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research, a local NGO, said Tuesday that 60 percent of poll respondents – all of whom are from the West Bank or the Gaza Strip – support the notion of halting the PA’s longstanding policy of cooperating with Israel on security issues.
Thirty-five percent of respondents, meanwhile, opposed the notion, while five percent were undecided.
The poll was carried out on a sample of 1,262 Palestinians from March 19 to 21, according to the NGO.
The poll results also revealed, however, that 57 percent of respondents do not believe the PA will follow through on its threat to halt security coordination with the self-proclaimed Jewish state.
The survey also showed PA President Mahmoud Abbas and Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh were neck-and-neck as possible future presidential candidates, with 48 percent of respondents favoring Abbas and 47 percent favoring Haniyeh.
Moreover, 39 percent of respondents said they would vote for the Fatah movement’s electoral list in the event that legislative polls were held in the Palestinian territories, while 32 percent said they would vote for Hamas candidates.
Earlier this month, The Palestine Liberation Organization, the umbrella group for Palestinian factions, decided to suspend security cooperation with Israel and take further steps towards reconciliation between Hamas and Fatah.
The PA, however, has yet to implement the PLO’s decision.
The 1993 Washington-brokered Oslo Accords between Israel and the PA called on the latter to prevent attacks on Israel from the occupied territories and provide intelligence on resistance activity.