Poll: Arabs Believe Israel Weakening

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CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - Thirty-nine percent of survey respondents in six Arab countries in the Middle East believe Israel's demise is a matter of time.

A poll commissioned by the Brookings Institute surveyed citizens in Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan, Morocco and the United Arab Emirates.

Fifty percent of respondents believe Israel will not sign a peace treaty based on its pre-1967 Six Day War borders. Fifty-five percent of those polled said the collapse of the Mideast peace negotiations will bring renewed violence in the region.

A whopping 86 percent consider the Israeli-Palestinian conflict the region's most pressing problem. Of the 86 percent, 100 percent of Jordanians and 99 percent of Lebanese believe this to be true.

Meanwhile, according to the Saudi newspaper al-Sharq al-Awsat, Arab residents in Palestinian Authority- (PA) controlled cities in Judea and Samaria (the West Bank) believe that the terms of the pending prisoner swap between Israel and Hezbollah shows that "Israel only understands strength."

The article said that families of Palestinian prisoners, serving time for their role in terror attacks, believe the deal with Hezbollah will aid the release their family members, even those with "blood on their hands."

Senior Hamas official Mahmoud al-Zahar said the release of Lebanese prisoner Samir Kuntar, serving four life sentences for the brutal slaying of two children, their father and an Israeli policeman in 1979, set a precedent to demand the release of Palestinians serving time for murder.

Source: israel national news

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