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Survey After the War in Lebanon: Palestinians Consider Hezballah a Model

63% of Palestinians think they have to take Hezballah as their model and follow up its methodology. This is a result of a public opinion poll conducted September 10-19 jointly by the Harry S. Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research in Ramallah.

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According to the poll the Israelis and Palestinians believes and attitudes changed differently as results of the War.

This is why 75% of Palestinians still believe that abduction of Israeli soldiers for exchange with Palestinian prisoners is a good way of political achievements.

It is obvious that the War has increased tense among the Palestinians towards Israel 57% of Palestinians basically support armed attacks against civilians inside Israel. But still 77% of Palestinians do support the call for ceasefire concerning precise political measures.

The destroying second War in Lebanon did not change the Israelis’ opinion towards a full evacuation of Golan Heights in return of full peace agreement with Syria. 56% of Israelis oppose this idea, six years earlier the opponents were 55%.

Total Palestinian sample size is 1287 adults interviewed face-to-face in the West Bank and Gaza Strip in 127 randomly selected locations between September 14 and 16, 2006. The margin of error is 3%. The Israeli data are based on telephone interviews with a representative sample of 500 Israeli Jews and a representative sample of 401 Israeli Arabs. (Overall sampling error of 3.9%).

This joint survey was conducted with the support of the Ford Foundation Cairo office and the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung in Ramallah.

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