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Palestinians against talks with Israel: Poll
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Gaza, ALRAY - A new opinion poll reveals that the majority of Palestinians are against the so-called peace talks with Israel initiated by the United States, Press TV reported.

The poll was conducted by Palestinian Center for Public Opinion and covered some 1,000 Palestinians from the occupied West Bank, east Jerusalem and Gaza Strip. It was carried out between November 27 and December 10 and its results were released on Monday.

According to the survey, 56 percent of the Palestinians believe the current US-brokered talks with Israel have reached a dead end.

The poll also indicates that most of the Palestinians do not see the negotiations lead to peace and expect a fresh confrontation with Tel Aviv.

On November 13, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, said his negotiators have resigned from the talks with Israel over Tel Aviv's ongoing settlement construction.

Palestinian and Israeli negotiators began a fresh round of talks in July. Previous talks between Palestinians and Israel broke down in September 2010 after Tel Aviv refused to freeze its settlement activities in the occupied West Bank.

Since the resumption of the negotiations, Israel has announced plans for building several thousands of new settler units in the occupied West Bank and east Jerusalem .

In October, a large number of Palestinians from different political movements took to the streets of the West Bank city of Ramallah to call on the PA to pull out of the talks with Israel.

The protesters said the talks are useless and Abbas must withdraw from the negotiations.

They also demanded the PA to take Israel to the International Criminal Court for its crimes against the people of Palestine.

The presence and continued expansion of Israeli settlements in occupied Palestine has created a major obstacle for the efforts made to establish peace in the Middle East.

More than half a million Israelis live in over 120 illegal settlements built since Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian territories of the West Bank and Jerusalem in 1967.

The United Nations and most countries regard the Israeli settlements as illegal because the territories were captured by Israel in a war in 1967 and are hence subject to the Geneva Conventions, which forbid construction on occupied lands.

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