Palestinian Public Opinion Polls No. 42
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The Arab states handed to the Security Council a draft resolution that condemns the Israeli settlement-building in the West Bank and East Jerusalem but the United States vetoed the resolution. A series of youth revolutions occurred in some Arab countries calling for replacing the dominating regimes with new democracies, and for promoting social justice among all the citizens of their societies. President Mahmoud Abbas entrusted Salam Fayyad with forming a new government after the resignation of his previous government. The Palestinian Government revealed an intention to conduct presidential, legislative and city council elections without specifying a new date for conducting them. The division between the West Bank and the Gaza Strip persists and each side adheres to its precepts without any signs for an imminent end of this division.