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Monday, June 19, 2006

The 'Prisoners' Document' may not pass a referendum

There's a good reason why Fatah and Hamas are negotiating a way out of the 'referendum' on the 'Prisoners' Document.' Despite all the claims that the 'Prisoners' Document' enjoys 'overwhelming support,' it may not pass because the 'Palestinians' see the 'referendum' for what it is: A tool in 'moderate Palestinian President' Mahmoud Abbas Abu Mazen's struggle with Hamas.

Al-Reuters reports that while 75 percent of 'Palestinians' in a new survey said they support a manifesto for statehood (the 'Prisoners' Document'), only 47 percent said they would vote in favor of the document if a referendum were held on it today.

The survey by the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research said 44 percent would vote against.

According to Khalil Shikaki, the director of the research center, "The referendum is a bad idea for Abu Mazen. The sympathy, when it comes to the referendum, is with the underdog, and in this case that is Hamas.

"Most people like the document as it stands, but the climate of opinion is not in favour of a referendum."


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