The problem isn’t that Muslims lie. The problem is that politicians believe them.


Why is it that everyone on the Left, including the media, and many on the Right are convinced that the majority Palestinian Arabs want a two-state solution?

Elder of Ziyon  Hussein Ibish writes in Open Zion: Support for a two state solution also represents, according to almost every existing poll, the Palestinian majority position, as well as that of the Palestine Liberation Organization (universally recognized as “the sole legitimate representative of the Palestinian people”.)

He’s technically right, and he is very, very wrong. When polls ask Palestinian Arabs is they support a two-state solution, indeed most answer yes. However, when one pollster last year went a bit further and asked another question, it showed that the real answer is not “yes” but “as a means to destroy Israel.”

The Israel Project commissioned a poll in the territories conducted by the Palestinian Center for Public Opinion and asked which of these two statements more closely matched the opinions of those being polled:

The best goal is for a two-state solution that keeps two states living side by side. The real goal should be to start with two states but then move to it all being one Palestinian state
Strongly agree 12% 22%
Somewhat agree 13% 30%
Total 25% 52%
Total for those who responded 32% 68%

In case you think that this question was too vague or unclear, here’s one that leave little doubt of what Palestinian Arab intentions are:

Israel has a permanent right to exist as a homeland for the Jewish people.

Over time Palestinians must work to get back all the land for a Palestinian state

Strongly agree



Somewhat agree






Total for those who responded



This poll proved that a large majority of Palestinian Arabs do not believe in the “two state solution” in the way that most Westerners do. They want to have a state now as a means to destroy Israel. Fatah and Hamas agree – the goal is to destroy Israel

This poll was ignored by the mainstream media.

This fact is simply too inconvenient for wishful thinkers to accept. It causes massive cognitive dissonance in the “peace camp.” It is exactly the opposite from what we have been told over and over again by politicians and pundits. So they ignore it.

But that is the truth, and any sober analysis of how peace is possible must take these facts in mind.

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