RAMALLAH - Monday, February 26, 2018 - It is not surprising that an overwhelming majority of Palestinians panned the idea of a Palestinian state with no Jerusalem capital, but the US administration's December recognition
of Israel's hold on the city has also unleashed a wave of negative views about the decades-old peace process.
A new poll published by the Jerusalem Media and Communications Center
shows that support for the two-state solution, the compromise that brought Israelis and Palestinians to the table in the early nineties, has dropped to 36% from about half of those polled this time last year. The vast majority of Palestinians, 96%, said they don't want to see a Palestinian state without Jerusalem as its capital.
While the U.S. has said that it is not prejudging negotiations by recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital, most Palestinians view the announcement as the rescinding of a promise Washington made at the start of bilateral talks.
Support for negotiations to achieve Palestinian aims dropped more than ten points to 25% since February 2017, and support for armed resistance rose. Sixty-six percent said that the Trump decision makes peaceful resolution less likely.
Public support for their leaders has also declined. Palestinian support for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah dropped, at the same time that 55% of those polled said they didn't expect their leaders' response to the U.S. decision to ever be implemented. The PLO's main body has called for the Palestinian Authority to end recognition of Israel and halt security cooperation.
While most Palestinians said that they are pessimistic about the future, 63% reported being pessimistic about a peaceful settlement for their cause.
The poll released on Sunday had a margin of error of three percentage points, and can be viewed in Arabic and English here