Palestinian Public Opinion Polls No. 46
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In view of the financial crisis that the Palestinian Authority (PA) suffers from due to the delay in transferring tax returns from Israel and the delay of funds from the Arab countries, strikes organized by trade unions influence everyday life in the West Bank. Prisoners in Israeli jails continue their open hunger strikes which met with solidarity from different citizens in the Palestinian territories leading to some encounters between protesters and the Israeli Army. These realities, added to the deteriorating economic situation, the continuous aggression of settlers against Palestinian citizens, and the insistence on building settlements made some people expect the rise of a third intifada in the West Bank. Some people expect that the visit of Barak Obama to the area at the beginning of his second term will give a push to the peace process between the Palestinians and the Israelis. The state of division between the West Bank and Gaza persists since each side adheres to their stand and there seems to be no signs or mediation to end the division.