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Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Survey: 'Palestinians' first priority is ... job creation?

I guess I should give the 'Palestinians' more credit. With a 'leadership' that's obsessed with states and borders and everything but running a country (that's 'Palestinian Prime Minister' Salam Fayyad throwing Israeli products into a fire in the picture), a survey shows that the 'Palestinians' want the same things the rest of us want: Jobs.
Palestinians are overwhelmingly concerned by the economic situation in the West Bank and Gaza, an opinion poll from the Arab World for Research and Development found.

With numbers near even over local and national political matters, a large majority of Palestinians - 75 percent across the West Bank (67 percent) and Gaza (87 percent) - believed the economy was declining, and 67 percent listed the creation of jobs and fighting poverty as their first priority.

Improvement of the educational system was ranked as the top priority by 16 percent of respondents, and development of health services was listed as number one by eight percent.

The poll was conducted two weeks after the cancellation of municipal elections, between 21-22 June, with 1,200 adult respondents and a margin of error at +/-3 percent.

Those polled were much more ambivalent over the postponement of local elections, with 44 percent opposing the move and 42 percent supporting. A similar split was seen over blame for the cancellation, with 30 percent blaming Fatah and 24 percent blaming Hamas.
The 'Palestinians' don't seem to be very interested in fighting or negotiating with Israel.
Another majority agreed over the need for reconciliation between the parties before municipal elections, with 74 percent.

A slimmer majority supported a renewal of the truce between Hamas and Israel at 66 percent, while numbers were again split over direct negotiations, with 48 percent supporting and 47 percent opposed.

Fatah came out on top amongst political parties, with an even 50 percent saying they would vote for the party if a municipal election was held the day they were polled, 25 percent would vote for a Hamas candidate and another 25 percent for an independent candidate.
For Americans, this should sound familiar. While the American economy tanks into a double dip recession, the President of the United States obsesses with 're-sets' with American enemies, 'reaching out' to the Muslim world, creating 'green jobs' when what's needed is jobs (without regard to color), and reforming a health care system that doesn't need reforming at tremendous cost in money the United States doesn't have.

Just to complete the feeling of deja vu for Americans:
When asked to evaluate the overall situation of Palestinian society, approximately two-thirds of respondents said it was "moving in the wrong direction," while 27 percent said it was "moving in the right direction." The number was larger in Gaza, with 80 percent saying the situation was moving in the wrong direction.
The last Rasmussen poll said 28% of Americans believe that the US is heading in the right direction.

Maybe most of the 'Palestinians' aren't so different from the rest of us after all. If only we could bypass their corruptocrat leadership to make peace.


At 6:54 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

The Palestinians may not be interested in making peace with Israel or ending the conflict. But for their leadership, jihad is more important than the well-being of their own people and the latter has never once been a priority for them. Don't look for things in the PA and Hamas run regions to improve any time soon.


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