Palestinians distrust US in Palestine–Israel talks: Gallup poll
The survey, which was conducted by Gallup between May 21 and June 4, was based on face - to - face interviews with 1000 Palestinian and Israeli adults. Its results were released on July 26. The findings revealed that 74 percent of the participants disagreed with the acceptability of the solutions proposed by US president Barack Obama and US Secretary of State John Kerry. Only 12 percent of the respondents considered it as acceptable. When the participants were asked about their trust in Obama to help the process of Israel - Palestine talks, 66 percent expressed no confidence in him. On July 29, the Israelis returned to the negotiation table in Washington with the Palestinian Authority officials for direct talks for the first time in three years. Several Palestinian factions, including Hamas resistance movement and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine(PFLP), condemned the resumption of talks. Hundreds of Palestinians also took to the streets of Ramallah and Gaza to protest against acting Palestinian Authority Chief Mahmoud Abbas ' decision to restart talks with the Israeli regime. The last Palestinian - Israeli talks broke down in September 2010 after Tel Aviv refused to freeze its settlement activities in the occupied West Bank. The United Nations and most countries regard the Israeli settlements as illegal because the territories where the settlements are being constructed were captured by Israel in a war in 1967 and are therefore subject to the Geneva Conventions, which forbids construction on occupied lands.