Following almost three months of Palestinian riots, violence and deadly terror attacks against Israelis, 2/3 (67%) of Palestinians are in favor of stabbing attacks against Israelis and almost the same amount are in favor of “an armed intifada,” according to the results of a recent poll conducted by the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research (PSR) in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.
Although most Palestinians support “the use of knives,” almost half (47%) of Palestinians believe the Palestinian Authority’s libel that Israel fabricates the stabbing attacks and that “those who were shot have not stabbed or were not attempting to stab Israelis.”
However, 51% do believe that “most… have in fact stabbed or were attempting to stab Israelis.”
The poll found that almost 2/3 (60%) are in favor of an “armed intifada” and more than 1/3 (37%) of Palestinians believe that “the current confrontations” will develop into such. Two thirds (66%) believe that a “new armed intifada” “would serve Palestinian national interests in ways that negotiations could not.”
Other aspects of the poll also reflect that Palestinians believe PA libels, especially the false claim that Israel seeks to destroy the Al-Aqsa Mosque – the allegation used by the PA to spark the current wave of violence as well asprevious waves of terror attacks:
“An overwhelming majority believes that al Haram al Sharif is in grave danger: 51% believe that Israel intends to destroy al-Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock and replace them with a Jewish temple; 17% believe that it intends to divide the plateau on which the two mosques sit so that Jews would have a synagogue alongside the Muslim holy places; and 9% believe that Israel intends to change the status quo prevailing in the plateau since 1967 by allowing Jews to pray there. Only 11% believe that Israel is interested in maintaining the status quo without change.”
Summing up the results, PSR remarked that “the ‘Oslo generation’ of youth between the ages of 18 and 22 are the most supportive of an armed intifada and stabbings and the least supportive of the two-state solution.”
This poll confirms findings by Palestinian Media Watch (PMA), an Israeli research institute that studies Palestinian society by analysing the PA through its media and schoolbooks, that the PA is not educating Palestinians to peace, but is entrenching hatred and terror ‘’It shows that the PA’s constant terror glorification, promotion of violence andlibels against Israel successfully reverberate among Palestinians,’’ said Nan Jacques Zilberdik, an analyst at PMA..
Three Israelis were injured in a knife attack by a Palestinian in the central Israeli city of Ra’anana on Saturday. It was the most serious in a series of attacks on Israelis over the weekend.
The incident began at around 3.30pm, when the attacker, a Palestinian in his 20s from near Nablus in the West Bank, stabbed a couple in their forties near Mordechai Anielewicz Street. The man was taken to a nearby hospital with serious injuries. A woman in her 60s was then lightly wounded not far away. The attacker attempted to gain entry to at least one residential home, but was fought back by residents. One report said that he attempted to enter a synagogue, but was repelled by worshippers. After a chase, security forces apprehended the man and subdued him without opening fire.
It was the third time that Ra’anana has been a target for knife attacks during the current wave of violence, with several injured in two stabbings there on 13 October. In total, at least 21 Israelis have been killed since the start of October, mainly through knife and vehicle attacks.