If Israel Isn’t Careful, Palestinians Might Support Hamas – Sec of Defense Lloyd Austin
Austin seemed not to know that the vast majority of Palestinians already support Hamas
Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin warned at the Reagan National Defense Forum on Saturday that Israel could face “strategic defeat” if it was not more careful about how it fought Hamas, because more Palestinians might be driven to support the terrorist group .
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Austin seemed not to know that the vast majority of Palestinians already support Hamas, at least in one recent opinion poll.
A wartime poll of Gaza and West Bank residents last month by Birzeit University’s Arab World for Research & Development (AWRAD) found that “the majority of (59%) strongly supported or (16%) supported to some extent the October 7 attacks carried by the Hamas-led factions.” Hamas received the support of 76% of respondents. The poll is marred somewhat by the fact that there is no free speech in Hamas-run Gaza or the Palestinian Authority-run areas of the West Bank. Still, the results are notable.
The majority of Palestinians also voted for Hamas in the last Palestinian election of any kind, the parliamentary elections of 2006.
Moreover, Palestinian civilians from Gaza participated in the Hamas atrocities on October 7, and many celebrated the attack: the world watched on video as mobs cheered terrorists who brought back hostages and joined in abusing the bodies of dead Israelis.
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