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Most Palestinians do not believe that the PLO will withdraw recognition of Israel

Palestinians demonstrate in front of the offices of the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) in Ramallah [Issam Rimawi/Apaimages]

A poll by the Jerusalem Centre for Media and Communication has revealed that most Palestinians do not believe that the Palestine Liberation Organisation will withdraw its recognition of Israel following the US acceptance of Jerusalem as the capital of the Zionist state, Shehab.ps reported on Tuesday.

According to the poll, 56 per cent of the Palestinians believe that the PLO would not commit to its threat to withdraw such recognition should the US and Israeli measures on Jerusalem go ahead, despite the pledges made by senior PLO officials to do so. Only 38 per cent of the respondents believe that the PLO might take such a decision. Around 1,200 people from the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip took part in the poll.

The centre organised the poll after the Palestinian Central Council, the second largest of the PLO’s decision-making bodies, decided to ask the Executive Committee to suspend its recognition of Israel until it accepts a State of Palestine on the 1967 borders, cancels the plan to annex East Jerusalem and stops settlement development.

The PLO recognised Israel in 1993 and has approved numerous accords signed by the Palestinian Authority and the Israeli government.

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