US: Palestinians must choose own leaders, even as poll shows massive support for Hamas

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Hamas leader Yahya Sinwar holding a Palestinian child dressed as a Hamas fighter during a rally in Gaza City, on May 24, 2021. Photo by Atia Mohammed/Flash90. In the North, a n

(JNS) — The future of the Palestinian leadership is “a question for the Palestinian people,” a spokesperson for the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem told JNS this week, responding to a survey that showed Palestinians overwhelmingly prefer a government that includes the Hamas terror organization.

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“Palestinian people’s voices and aspirations must be at the center of post-crisis governance in Gaza—unified with the West Bank under the Palestinian Authority,” the spokesperson stated.

“We continue to believe that a negotiated two-state solution along the 1967 lines with mutually agreed-to swaps is the best way to advance a sustainable peace,” he continued.

“Beyond any military operation, defeating Hamas requires defeating an idea, which is why it is critical to present a clear vision of a better future and a path to achieve that vision,” the spokesperson concluded.

On Nov. 8, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said that the Gaza Strip must be handed over to the Palestinian Authority in Ramallah following hostilities. The solution “must include Palestinian-led governance and Gaza unified with the West Bank under the P.A.,” stated Blinken.

Earlier this week, U.S. National Security Council Spokesman John Kirby clarified that Washington seeks to support a P.A. that “has the support of all Palestinians so that they can effectively help with post-conflict governance, particularly in Gaza.”

Hamas, a U.S.-designated terrorist entity, won the majority of seats in the Palestinian parliament in a January 2006 election and most observers believe that it would again defeat P.A. leader Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah faction if he ever called another vote.

According to a poll released by the Arab World for Research and Development research firm last week, 72% of Palestinians support establishing a “unity government” that includes both Abbas and Hamas.

Only around 8.5% said they favor a government controlled exclusively by Fatah.

The Palestinian poll—the first of its kind since the Oct. 7 terrorist attacks on Israel—also found that slightly more than three in four Palestinians have a positive view of Hamas in the wake of recent developments.

Almost 50% of respondents characterized Hamas’s role as “very positive,” while 27.8% viewed Hamas as “somewhat positive.” Almost 80% regard the role of Hamas’s Al-Qassam Brigades “military” wing as positive.

The Al-Qassam Brigades killed more than 1,200 people, mostly civilians, and wounded thousands in the Oct. 7 attacks on southern Israel. In addition, terrorists took some 240 people hostage.

When asked whether they supported or opposed Hamas’s actions, 59.3% of the Palestinians surveyed said they “extremely” supported the attacks and 15.7% said they “somewhat” supported the murderous spree.

Only 12.7% expressed disapproval, with 10.9% saying they neither supported nor opposed the attack. Almost all (98%) of the respondents said the slaughter made them feel “prouder of their identity as Palestinians.”


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Jj friedman
Jj friedman
2 months ago

“ Almost all (98%) of the respondents said the slaughter made them feel “prouder of their identity as Palestinians.” that is why Hba le-horgekha, hashkem le-horgo – if someone comes planning to kill you, you should hurry to kill him first. every Palestinian are subject to this law.

itzik
itzik
2 months ago

Follow the logic here.

Hamas must be defeated.

The Palis have to choose their own government.

The Palis support Hamas.

Where does this leave us?

XYZ
XYZ
2 months ago

This puts the lie to the “innocent Palestinians “ argument
When at least 72% of the population supports Hamas, (and most polls show the number is higher), they are not innocent.

Democrats always support their Jew hating members.
Democrats always support their Jew hating members.
2 months ago

Always remember the PA president Abbas is 18 years into his 4 year term.

Voice of Reason
Voice of Reason
2 months ago

This is the Biden administration speaking the terror loving message, no doubt egged on by the Squad and other pathetic politicians. Until we vote these woke imbeciles out of office, we will keep hearing these foolish and dangerous statements.

Now for a breath of truth. Abbas is a terrorist. He supports terror, celebrates it, finances it, and will never denounce it. And he’s way too old for anyone to consider trying to talk morality and logic into him. He has the same bloodstains on his hands, but he uses soap to wash them off, fooling the woke politicians into believing he cares about peace.

Seeking PA to govern Gaza is no smarter than last time. US ignored the serious security needs of Israel, and with Sleepy Joe in charge, as puppet for the radical lovers of terror, it will do so again. Bibs should not tolerate this, and should describe this offer as a death sentence on Israel and all Jews. The image that Biden has Israel’s back is not so accurate.

zlate1
zlate1
2 months ago

The State Department and the Biden Administration are delusional if they think Israel will hand Gaza over to the PA.

As the old Hungarian saying goes one is a dog the other is a hound.

They are two sides of the same coin.

The two state solution is now well and truly dead.
The last stake in it’s heart was 10/7.

5TResident
5TResident
2 months ago

Well, that’s that.

See@gmail.com
2 months ago

They did and it’s HAMAS they’re all terorist

Paul Near Philadelphia
Paul Near Philadelphia
2 months ago

Well, either the Palestinians will govern themselves or they will be governed by the Israelis. The Israelis tried directly ruling northern Lebanon for almost twenty years.

You know, to get rid of Hezbollah.

Then they lost the political will and unilaterally pulled out. Hezbollah is stronger than ever.

Bibi seems clueless as to how he wants to handle Gaza. He simply has no plan. He has to decide, direct rule or Hamas rule.