Palestinians have described resistance as the most preferred way to establish an independent and free state, the results of a new opinion poll indicate.
The opinion poll conducted by Arab World for Research & Development (AWRAD) on the establishment of an independent Palestinian state indicated that 42.9 percent of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank believe that resistance could finally free the occupied lands and succeed in the establishment of an independent Palestinian state.
According to the poll, conducted on a population of 1000 Palestinians from the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, 28 percent of the respondents prefer negotiations between Israelis and the Palestinians as a possible solution to put an end to the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories.
Some 22 percent of the participants, however, said an international conference should be held to resolve the issue of the Israeli occupation.
The poll comes as direct talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority (PA) once again reached a deadlock after Tel Aviv refused to extend a moratorium on Jewish settlement constructions in the occupied West Bank.
Palestinians have demanded Israel freeze settlement construction, arguing that the continuation of settlement activities reduces the chance of establishing an independent Palestinian state.
Israel has rejected the Palestinian demand as a precondition for the resumption of talks.
Meanwhile, Tel Aviv has showed concern about a political measure by several Latin American countries who announced the recognition of a Palestinian state.
Brazil, Argentina, Ecuador and Uruguay, have so far announced their support for the establishment of an independent and free Palestinian state.