Disturbing Survey of Palestinian Opinion

According to a survey released this week, fifty-nine percent of Palestinians believe that Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad should continue their armed struggle against Israel even if Israel would leave all of the West Bank and Gaza, and a Palestinian state were to be created.

That’s disturbing and a very significant new piece of information, yet it didn’t make the news in the West. What does continue to appear is Reuters’ fallacious claim in nearly every news report regarding Hamas and Islamic Jihad that those terrorist group are fighting “a three-year uprising for independence.”

If even the common Palestinian believes the battle extends beyond Palestinian independence, Hamas and Jihad themselves certainly do. (The Hamas charter openly claims the goal to “obliterate Israel” and “raise the banner of Allah over every inch of Palestine.”) So how can Reuters continue to use this phrase to whitewash (and garner sympathy for) the terror organizations’ goals?

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