Palestinians split on international conditions –- poll

Palestinians are split on whether their government should accept Israel and stop terrorism in order to get more international aid, a poll found. A study by the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research found that 48 percent of Palestinians think the new Hamas-Fatah coalition should renounce terrorism, recognize Israel and accept past peace deals. Rejection of these terms has blocked direct aid to the cash-strapped P.A. since Hamas took power in March 2006, although indirect aid has skyrocketed to counterbalance it. An equal number believe their government should not accept Israel. The poll, conducted last week, surveyed 1,270 Palestinian and has an margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.

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