Background Confrontations in the Gaza Strip
are renewed after an air of optimism prevailed among Palestinian people
following the formation of the Unity Government. Palestinian citizens were
optimistic prior to these confrontations that the new Unity Government will
restore order in the Palestinian streets through implementing a security plan.
New realities imposed themselves and the new government has not succeeded in
implementing its security plan yet. In the same context, the Minister of
Interior Affairs resigned protesting, as he says, not granting him enough
political power that would enable him to execute his responsibilities properly.
On the political side, things are stand still; nothing tangible has been
achieved towards ending the political and financial sanctions imposed on the
Palestinian Authority despite the tremendous efforts made by ministers to end
the siege. The crisis of salaries, which have not been paid to employees, is
escalating especially after the strike declared by public employees threatening
of a total collapse of the educational and health sectors. As for the
relationship with Israel, more than one Palestinian official declared that the
regular meetings between President Mahmoud Abbas and the Israeli Prime Minister
have been stopped on an Israeli request. It is worth mentioning that these
meetings, according to Palestinian government officials were useless. On the
battlefield Israel continues its policy of killing, destructions and frequent
incursions inside most areas of the West Bank and threatening to invade the
The Results Following are the results of the 27th Palestinian Public Opinion Poll conducted by the Center for Opinion Polls and Survey Studies at An-Najah National University during the period from May 17-19, 2007. The University sponsors all polls conducted by its Center. Palestinian public opinion poll no. 27 undertakes the current political realities especially the Mecca Accord, the formation of the Unity Government, the priorities of the Palestinian people and what is expected of the newly formed government, in addition to the performance of some Palestinian institutions and other issues. The sample included 1361 persons whose age group is 18 and above and who have the rig.