Poll: 91% of Palestinians oppose Trump Jerusalem move
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Poll: 91% of Palestinians oppose Trump Jerusalem move

45% back a violent uprising, cutting all contact with US, and turning to International Criminal Court in response to recognition

Palestinian protesters take cover from teargas fired by Israeli troops during clashes on the Israeli border with Gaza, Monday, Dec. 11, 2017. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)
Palestinian protesters take cover from teargas fired by Israeli troops during clashes on the Israeli border with Gaza, Monday, Dec. 11, 2017. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)

A new Palestinian opinion poll finds overwhelming opposition to US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

The poll found that 91 percent consider Trump’s declaration last week a threat to Palestinian interests.

Almost half, or 45%, believe the Palestinians should cut all contacts with the US, submit a complaint to the International Criminal Court and launch an armed uprising.

While Trump said his declaration does not prejudge future talks on the status of Jerusalem, 72% of respondents said they believe his administration will not submit any peace plan. It also found widespread distrust of the Palestinians’ Arab allies.

In an address last Wednesday from the White House, Trump defied worldwide warnings and insisted that after repeated failures to achieve peace, a new approach was long overdue. He described his decision to recognize Jerusalem as the seat of Israel’s government as merely based on reality.

Trump stressed that he was not specifying the boundaries of Israeli sovereignty in the city, and called for no change in the status quo at the city’s holy sites.

Hamas, the terror group that rules the Gaza Strip, in response called for a new intifada against Israel and urged Palestinians to confront soldiers and settlers, while Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah movement joined in a call for “days of rage.”

The poll, conducted by the respected Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research, questioned 1,270 adults and had a margin of error of 3 percentage points.

Times of Israel staff contributed to this report.

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