Dr. Khalil Shikaki, director of the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research (PSR) together with Steven Höfner, Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung Palestine Director, presented the most important results of the 77th public opinion poll.
The poll revealed a great Palestinian public anger with the UAE decision to normalize relations with Israel viewing it as serving only the interests of Israel and as a betrayal or an abandonment of the Palestinian cause and at the same time as a big failure of Palestinian diplomacy.
Furthermore, the public does not show an appreciation of the fact that the Israel-UAE deal requires the suspension of the annexation plan. The reason for this is the fact that three quarters think that the suspension is only temporary and will soon take place, the normalization deal notwithstanding.
On domestic issues, findings show continued satisfaction with the PA measures to contain the spread of the coronavirus pandemic despite significant decline in the level of satisfaction, especially with the prime minister’s performance.
The survey was conducted in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip between 9-12 September 2020. The period before the conduct of the poll witnessed several developments including a US announcement about an agreement between the UAE and Israel to normalize relations between the two countries. This normalization agreement stipulated an Israeli suspension or delay of the planned annexation of parts of the West Bank.
The period also witnessed a rise in the daily number of coronavirus infections and continued stalemate in Palestinian-Israeli relations that followed a PA decision to sever all security and civil links with Israel which led during the past months to a significant financial loss to the PA.
For further details, contact PSR director Dr. Khalil Shikaki, or Walid Ladadweh at tel. 02-296 4933 or email email@example.com.