By the Israel Project, Special for USDR.
Americans overwhelmingly hold the Palestinian Authority (PA) responsible for a recent breakdown in Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, according to a new national poll of 1595 likely voters.
The same huge margin says that no one can expect Israel to negotiate with a Palestinian government that includes Hamas, the Iranian-backed genocidal terrorist group that is dedicated to the destruction of Israel and condemned the killing of Osama Bin Laden.
In the wake of a recent announcement by Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas that he will form a unity government with the Hamas terrorist organization, by lopsided margins voters identified with the argument that Israel “cannot be expected to negotiate with a government or party that does not recognize its right to exist and seeks to destroy it,” rejecting the Palestinian argument that “a unity government of all Palestinians is the first step to lasting peace” (66%-34%).
The survey also found voters draw a clear link between Abbas’s preference for partnership with Hamas and the current collapse in peace talks. By 66% to 33% Americans say Israel “can no longer negotiate with the Palestinian Authority now that they are forming a unity government with Hamas,” and reject the claim – as articulated by a PA spokesperson – that “the choice of unifying the Palestinian people enforces peace, and there is no contradiction whatsoever between reconciliation and negotiations.”
“The American people are concerned about national security issues, they understand Israel is our closest and most reliable ally, and they want to see us strengthen our alliance, especially at a time of growing unrest across the Middle East. It’s good for America, it’s good for Israel, and it’s good for our shared values of freedom, faith and tolerance,” said Josh Block, President and CEO of The Israel Project (TIP).
“Two out of every three Americans understands that recent peace talks collapsed because of Palestinian intransigence, and the same overwhelming majority understand that Israel can’t be expected to sit across the table from a government comprised of terrorists, who call for the annihilation of Jews and their country.”
The poll of 1595 likely voters was conducted by Paragon Insights, and released by TIP, a non-partisan educational organization that provides factual information about Israel and the Middle East to press, policy makers and the public.
Voters’ views were consistent regardless of party affiliation and age. More information here: