The majority of Palestinians favor using the terrorist tactics of Hezbollah against Israel, says an AP story from Jerusalem citing a poll conducted jointly by the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research in Ramallah.
The most obvious “tactic” for emulation would be Hezbollah’s firing of almost 4,000 rockets at Israel and its civilian population during the recent war and the poll of Palestinians showed that 63 percent favored launching rockets at Israeli towns and cities. 35 percent were opposed.
75 percent of the Palestinians polled also favored abducting Israeli soldiers. 23 percent were opposed
The poll also found that a majority of Israelis favor talks with the Palestinian government, even if it is lead by Islamic Hamas.
Israel, the U.S. and Europe are boycotting the Hamas’ government and cite Hamas as a terror group. Hamas’ suicide bombers have killed hundreds of Israelis.
Hamas terrorists captured a soldier in a cross-border raid at the end of June, setting off the Israeli military offensive in Gaza. Three weeks later, Hezbollah triggered the war by kidnapping two Israeli soldiers in Israel, near the Lebanese border.
The poll also found that 77 percent of Palestinians favor a cease-fire with Israel and 74 percent believe that armed action is not enough — they want to reach a political agreement with Israel.
Despite the recent violence, the poll found an increasing number of Israelis prepared to talk to a Palestinian government with a Hamas element. 67 percent favor talks with a unity government with Fatah alongside Hamas.
El Arabiya television in Dubai has been saying that Osma Bin Laden is alive and well. El Aribiya spokesman said their Pakistan bureau received a call from a Taliban official a few days after a leaked French secret intelligence document said Saudi intelligence believed bin Laden died last month in Pakistan.
El Arabiya quoted the unnamed Taliban official as saying that reports of Bin Laden’s death from typhoid fever are false. In response to the original story from the leaked document the Saudis said they had no evidence that Bin Laden is dead. They declined to explain further.
Bin Laden and his running dog Ayman al-Zawahri are believed to be hiding in the border area between Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Bin Laden was last seen in a video statement aired to coincide with the November 2004 U.S. presidential elections.
With congressional elections coming up again next month, maybe we will hear from OBL again.
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