Palestine is not for sale

80% Palestinians believe Arab States have abandoned their cause

80% Palestinians believe Arab States have abandoned their cause
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Gaza Post – Agencies

80% of Palestinians believe that Arab countries have given them and their cause up, a recent poll conducted following the so-called "Peace to Prosperity" workshop.

The Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research conducted a poll and found that 80 percent of respondents supported the Palestinian's call for boycotting the conference held in Bahraini capital Manama last week.

The poll showed that the same percentage viewed Arab countries' participation in the conference as an abandonment of the Palestinian cause.

Despite the PA’s calls to boycott, representatives from Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Jordan, and Egypt all attended the summit. Only Lebanon and Kuwait heeded the call to boycott.

In addition, 90% of those surveyed said they do not trust the US administration and President Donald Trump, which have spearheaded the “deal of the century”.

Some 75 precent of Palestinians want the PA to reject the deal, according to local news reports. 

A key feature of the plan has been to provide economic incentives for the occupied Palestinian territories (oPt) and neighboring countries who host millions of Palestinian refugees. The plan includes a $50 billion pay package, in what critics have interpreted as an attempt to trade economic prosperity for meaningful political progress.

However, when asked to choose between economic prosperity and an independent Palestinian state, 83 percent opted for independence while only 15 percent chose economic prosperity.

In a rare show of unity, all Palestinian factions stood together to oppose the US peace plan, labelling it stillborn and refusing to accept its terms.

The deal has been interpreted as only the latest in a string of measures taken by the US administration against the Palestinians, which has included recognising Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, moving the US embassy to the Holy City, shuttering the Palestinian representative office in Washington, and cutting financial assistance to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) and USAID to the oPt.

 

Source: MEMO

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