A majority of Palestinians believe that the recently revived peace negotiations with Israel will not succeed, according to a public opinion poll published Monday, dpa reported.
The poll by the Ramallah-based Palestinian Centre for Policy and Survey Research (PSR) said 47 per cent of Palestinians support the return to negotiations, while 49 per cent oppose it.
But 70 per cent of the 1,261 surveyed believe the negotiations will lead nowhere, while a mere 26 per cent believe they will.
"These findings show no confidence in the negotiations, Israel and even the United States," said Khalil Shikaki, PSR director.
However, he added, a significant finding was that 53 per cent believe that if an agreement is reached, the public will vote in a referendum to approve it, which, according to Shikaki, "is a vote of confidence in (Palestinian President Mahmoud) Abbas."
Palestinian-Israeli negotiations resumed at the end of July after a three-year absence of any direct contacts, with the ambitious aim of reaching a settlement within nine months.
Abbas has agreed to postpone plans to join United Nations organizations such as the International Criminal Court (ICC), in return for Israel's release of 104 Palestinians held in its jails for over 20 years.
Two-third of respondents, however, said the Palestinian Authority should join the ICC immediately "even if such a step leads to a suspension of Israeli transfer of customs' revenues and a halt to release of prisoners," said Shikaki.
The poll was conducted between September 19 and 21 and had a margin of error of 3 per cent.
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