Most Arabs Want Hamas to Replace Arafat
Arab world: 73.72% want Hamas to replace Arafat (Jerusalem Post)
A survey of the Arab world organized by the Al-Arabia network website after the death of Yasser Arafat, showed 73.72% want a Hamas representative to replace Arafat, ITIM reported. In contrast only 0.7% expect that one of the PLO leaders will take over.
25.58% were in favor of an independent candidate. 113,107 participants from across the Arab world took part in the survey.
The organizers of the survey explained that the Hamas movement and the Islamic Jihad organization stand for the establishment of a Palestinian state on the land of historic Palestine, a concept that the PLO gave up on when the Oslo discussions began.
I’m a bit surprised by the magnitude of the results, although not by their direction. The notion, widespread in the West, that Middle East peace is simply a matter of the Israelis being a bit more reasonable, is not supported by the evidence. Rather obviously, the annihilation of Israel remains the goal of most in the Arab world.