Poll Shows Dramatic Rise in Palestinian Support for Hamas after Gaza Fighting

(AP-Washington Post) Joseph Krauss - A poll conducted on June 9-12 and released Tuesday by the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research found that 53% of Palestinians believe Hamas is "most deserving of representing and leading the Palestinian people," while only 14% prefer President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah party. Pollster Khalil Shikaki called it a "dramatic" shift, but said it also resembles previous swings toward Hamas during times of confrontation. Those all dissipated within three to six months. 77% of Palestinians believe Hamas emerged as a winner in the 11-day war in May, while only 1% think Israel came out a winner.

2021-06-17 00:00:00

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