JERUSALEM, Israel - Results of the latest Arab World for Research and Development (AWRAD) poll showed that an overwhelming majority of Palestinians believe Israel will cease to exist.
A whopping 91 percent said their national historic homeland stretches from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea.
Ninety-four percent believe in the right of return and compensation of Palestinian refugees and their descendents, in essence obliterating the Jewish state. And 97 percent believe Jews must leave their communities in Judea and Samaria (the West Bank).
Ninety-four percent regard all of Jerusalem as part of Palestine. Click here to read the complete poll results.
"The results of the latest poll of Palestinians before the upcoming Washington photo op appear to indicate that President Obama's take on Palestinian attitudes toward peace and their ideas about final status conditions are, to put it mildly, off base," said Dr. Aaron Lerner of the Independent Media Review Analysis (IMRA).
Meanwhile, Jordanian King Abdullah II told Israel Television Channel 1 reporter Oded Granot that "the Arab Israeli population…is going to be a challenge demographically to the Jewish State of Israel." Click here to see part of the interview on YouTube.
"There is [sic] people that [sic] say Jordan should be Palestine," Abdullah said. "But how does that work? The Palestinians don't want it. We sure as hell don't want Jordan to be Palestine," he said.
"Today you have 22 Arab Muslim countries [and] with the Muslim countries, 57 nations that want to have this problem solved because, you have to understand, this is not just a challenge for Israel's security. We also have our own problems in the region," Abdullah said.
There are many who disagree with Abdullah's demographic assessment, among them former ambassador and political consultant Yoram Ettinger, who wrote that Israel's demographic optimism can be further boosted by increasing immigration to the Jewish state.
Abdullah, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and his son, Gamal, and Quartet envoy Tony Blair will be among the participants at the opening session of direct talks between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas at the White House this Thursday.