According to a new public opinion poll, the majority of Palestinian people, to various degrees, remain pessimistic about peace talks with Israel and reconciliation between Fatah and Hamas movements.

The poll was released on Wednesday and covered a random sample of 1,000 Palestinian respondents aged 18 and above, Ma’an News Agency reported.

Conducted by the Palestinian Center for Public Opinion (PCPO), the poll targeted people living in the occupied West Bank, East Jerusalem and Gaza Strip.

I showed that 53.5 percent of the Palestinian people oppose returning to the direct talks with Israel after Israel’s denial of the French initiative.

The initiative called for a multilateral international peace conference between Israel and the Palestinians.

“The denial of the French initiative by Israel resulted in increased distrust among Palestinians regarding Israel’s commitment to finding a radical and just solution to end the conflict and build bridges of trust between the two sides,” said Dr. Nabil Kukali, president and founder of the PCPO.

Kukali said that Israel’s denial of the French peace initiative undermined a real opportunity to help both sides return to the negotiation table.

He underlined that the poll showed that nearly 70% of the Palestinian people did not trust Netanyahu’s commitment to a two-state solution.

This is while the Palestinian Authority (PA) has been supporting the initiative.

Back in April the PA backed off from submission of a new anti-settlement resolution to the UN, fearing that doing so could impede progress of the peace talks.