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A Humiliating Blow to President Abbas

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Palestinian approval for President Mahmoud Abbas has plummeted to a new low, according to a Palestinian survey published last week. Unsurprisingly, approval for Hamas has soared, to the point that 56 percent of respondents believe that this Islamic movement is “most deserving of representing and leading the Palestinian people,” compared to 14 percent who say the same about the Fatah movement led by Abbas.

If we want to understand the meaning of humiliation, we should read this survey by the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research, which was conducted from June 9 to June 12, and included 1,200 adults from the Gaza Strip and the West Bank.

When Hamas garners such high grades, that only means that many of those polled would consider an armed struggle as a way to improve the Palestinian situation. In response to the question of what means should be used for ending the Israeli occupation, 49 percent chose “an armed struggle,” 27 percent chose negotiations and only 18 percent chose popular resistance.

Regarding the most recent round of war in Gaza, 77........

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