June 21, 2001
Israeli Prime Minister Sharon says the army has been given a free hand to retaliate against Palestinian attacks. Meanwhile, The Jerusalem Media and Communication Centre (JMCC) announced the results of its survey of West Bank and Gaza Strip residents. The poll surveyed 1,201 people over the week and has a three
percent margin of error. Palestinians are unhappy with Arab support for their struggle, with 84.7 percent feeling this way compared to 60.5 six months ago. But 70.6 still support violence against Israel, with only 19.8 percent saying they oppose violence because it hurt Palestinian interests. Overall approval for the intifada was up ten percent over the last six months, to 79 percent. Yes 52.3 percent of Palestinians approve the cease fire, while 44.2 percent are opposed. Yasser Arafat is still the most trusted Palestinian official. But his 27.8 percent support is just a bit ahead of the 26.6 percent who said they didn't trust anyone.