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February 26, 2003

TROUBLE IN THE HOLY LAND

World Net Daily poll indicates that Americans seem more right-wing than Israelis when it comes to establishing a Palestinian state
Results of a new national poll indicate 71 percent of Americans oppose the creation of a Palestinian state.

A survey of 1,000 Americans conducted by John McLaughlin and Associates also shows that, by large margins, U.S. residents are opposed to giving aid to the Palestinian Authority and are in favor of having Palestinian terrorists who kill Americans being handed over to the U.S. for prosecution. The poll was commissioned by the Zionist Organization of America.

Other questions in the poll addressed whether Americans believe that the Palestinians' goal is the destruction of Israel and whether a Palestinian state would be a terrorist state.

The results were released in a statement by the Zionist Organization of America. According to the group, the poll respondents were 36 percent Republicans, 37 percent Democrats and 21 percent independents; 53 percent Protestants, 28 percent Catholic and 2 percent Jews; 76 percent Caucasians, 11 percent black and 10 percent Hispanics.

According to the poll results quoted in the statement:

71 percent of Americans believed that the Palestinian Arabs "should not be given a state" because the Palestinians had not fulfilled President Bush's conditions for creating a state, "such as fighting terrorism, stopping the promotion of hatred in its media, ending the encouragement of murder in its schools, becoming a democracy, and respecting human rights." Thirteen percent believe the Palestinians had fulfilled those conditions and therefore should be given a state.

77 percent of Americans said that "the United States should stop giving the Palestinian Arabs $150-million" in aid each year, while 12 percent favored such aid. [more]