A total failure of Palestinian leadership

When George W. Bush left office, he did so as one of the most unpopular departing presidents in US history with a 22% approval rating. Oddly enough, at 90%, he also enjoyed one of the highest approval ratings of any US President in history, in a poll taken shortly after 9/11. Meanwhile in Gaza, in what has been described by Eyad Sarraj, an independent Gaza politician and human rights activist, as a “total failure” of Palestinian leadership, a June 29 poll indicated that support for Hamas in Gaza and the West Bank fell to 18.8%. The low numbers were attributed to Israel’s month-long offensive against Hamas, the heightened economic blockade of Gaza, Hamas’ strong arm tactics against it’s people, Hamas’ extremist rhetoric, and the effects of the political gyrations in Iran. Well, all that and the fact that Palestinians seem to be waking up ton the fact that Hamas is simply not good for the people of Palestine. And that they’re douchebags. And that they probably snorted coke in college.

So what’s going to happen? Will Hamas sink Gaza into further isolation or will these developments spur Hamas to seek peace? I don’t know but the historical record of Palestinian leadership has never been one of stellar achievements. Oh well.

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Founder and Publisher of Jewlicious, David Abitbol lives in Jerusalem with his wife, newborn daughter and toddler son. Blogging as "ck" he's been blocked on twitter by the right and the left, so he's doing something right.

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  • If I’m right that this post is in fact making a comparison between Bush and Hamas, it’s a pretty dumb one. I’m surprised you didn’t use the current Congress’s 18% approval rating as of June 29th, 2009. Not only would it be closer, but more prudent given that both organizations are run by bureaucratic, idiotic populists and are “social welfare organizations”.