More than half of all Israelis disagree with their government’s decision to boycott the Palestinians’ new governing alliance, which doesn’t explicitly recognize the Jewish state’s right to exist, a poll showed on Monday.
[THIS HEADING IS MISLEADING. ACTUALLY 39% WANTED TO TALK WITH THE PA WHICH WAS BAD ENOUGH. AN ADDITIONAL 175 WANTED TO TALK WITH fATAH ONLY; 40% DIDN’T WANT TO TALK AT ALL]
Thirty-nine percent of the 517 people surveyed by the Dahaf Research Institute said Israel should talk with the new Palestinian government, made up of Hamas and Fatah. An additional 17 percent said their government should engage only Fatah Cabinet ministers. The poll had a margin of error of 4.3 percentage points.
Meanwhile, Israel, which in recent months said it wanted to hold “political horizon” talks with Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, reversed gears on Sunday and declared that it would only talk to him about security or humanitarian issues.
The upshot of the cabinet resolution that defined Israeli policy toward the new PA government, a senior government source confirmed Sunday night, was that the “political horizon” idea that was meant to strengthen moderate Palestinians by showing what they had to gain by rejecting Hamas’s extreme positions, was now no longer relevant.