Majority of Palestinians Support Terrorist Attacks

Sixty percent of Palestinians in the West Bank approve of terror attacks against Israelis, according to a poll carried out this week by a Palestinian research institute.

Results of the survey were released a little more than a week after two terrorists set off bombs at Beit Lid Junction between Netanya and the West Bank town of Tulkarm, killing 21 Israelis.

Results of the poll came as Israeli authorities continued to crack down on suspected Palestinian extremists.

Security forces operating in the Jenin area of the West Bank of Tuesday arrested about 13 suspected activists from Hamas, Islamic Jihad and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, all of which militantly oppose the Israeli-Palestinian peace initiative.

The arrests followed a week of roundups of dozens of suspected militant activists.

Meanwhile, Palestine Liberation Organization Chairman Yasser Arafat rejected Israeli claims that Palestinian security officials are not doing enough to crack down on terrorists.

Arafat, meeting with Israeli Arab Knesset members Taleb Elsana and Abdel Wahab Darawshe on Tuesday, said Palestinian police had recently arrested a 15-year- old Hamas member who was planning to carry out a suicide attack against Israelis.

Arafat also said Palestinian police had prevented two other terror attacks from taking place prior to the Jan. 22 Beit Lid Junction bombings.

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