So now we serve at the pleasure of Islamic jihad. More! Faster! Faster, dogs! I can hear them now ...
What's interesting is that this poll is being disseminated inside government agencies at all levels as the holy grail. Who gives a fig what jihad wants? Polls, no less.
Did FDR conduct Nazi polls? just sayin .........
In an April-May Office of Opinion Research survey, over 80 percent of Palestinians were dissatisfied with current U.S. involvement in the Arab-Israeli peace process. Even larger majorities considered Washington biased toward Israel in negotiations, and believed the United States did not treat Palestinians with respect (Appendix Tables 7, 10-12). Half the public also saw the appointment of Special Envoy Mitchell as a negative development; only a third saw it in positive light.
In some cases, Palestinian disapproval of the United States actually broadened since fall 2008. The proportion who agreed that the creation of an independent and viable Palestinian state is a U.S. goal dropped from 43 to 29 percent. Similarly, the number who said the United States treats Palestinians with respect fell from 21 to 13 percent (Appendix Tables 12-13). Overall, four-in-ten Palestinians in the recent survey said their opinion of U.S. peace involvement had worsened recently. In explaining this shift, most respondents gave general reasons, such as U.S. bias toward Israel and hostility toward Arabs.1 Underscoring Palestinian distrust of Washington’s intentions, 90 percent believed the United States seeks to weaken and divide the Islamic world and 92 percent said the United States aims to expand the geographic borders of Israel.
Steps to Improve U.S. Image
Despite these negative views, only a third (35%) thought the United States should limit its involvement in the peace process. Half (53%) believed the United States should do more. This suggests that Palestinians still looked to the United States to help achieve peace.
Respondents were asked if specifc steps would improve their image of the United States. A number of actions appeared to have potential to reshape attitudes toward the United States and its role in the peace process (Figure 1, next page). Pressure on Israel to stop settlements and to continue negotiations, and increasing aid to the Palestinians were the most frequently cited steps that would positively impact U.S. image.
A second tier of U.S. steps included: hosting talks, reaffirming support for pre-1967 borders, or affirming East Jerusalem as the capital of a future Palestinian state.
Saudi Arabia, Jordan Applauded Besides the United States, the April-May survey asked about other possible players in the peace process. About three-quarters of the Palestinian public favored the regional and peace-process activities of Saudi Arabia and Jordan—countries with close religious and historical ties to the Palestinian territories.
The Muslims in Gaza are happy with Turkey. It seems the step toward pure Islam and a militant Prime Minster Erdogan are just what the imam ordered.
Most Palestinians also registered satisfaction with Turkey’s regional activity and peace process involvement (70%). This support may have partly resulted from Turkish mediation on the Syria-Israel track. While Palestinian satisfaction with Syria’s peace efforts stood at 59 percent, only 41 percent of the public supported Egypt’s peace-process involvement (down substantially from 60 percent in fall 2008). These findings may have reflected a combination of Cairo’s perceived complicity in Israel’s Gaza incursion, its refusal to open the Rafah border, and its counter-smuggling efforts.
How The Poll Was Conducted: This report is based on an Office of Opinion Research-commissioned survey of Palestinians in the West Bank, East Jerusalem, and Gaza Strip. Face-to-face interviews were conducted by a reputable local research firm among a representative sample of 2,000 adult Palestinians, age 18 and up. Fieldwork was conducted from April 27 to May 19, 2009. The questions were written by the Office of Opinion Research and translated by the research firm that carried out the fieldwork. The margin of error for this survey is approximately +/-3%.