Now, via David T at Harry's Place, some recent polling on the Palestinians' views on their situation and the conflict with Israel backs this hypothesis up:
Support or opposition to a peace settlement with Israel
Support or opposition to the Palestinian participation in the peace conference that will be held at the end of the month.
Should Hamas maintain its position on the elimination of the state of Israel?
Hamas should maintain its position on Israel 31%
Hamas should change its position regarding Israel 69%
Other interesting results here.
Main issue that makes you feel concerned
The economic hardship 31%
The absence of security 25%
The internal power struggle 29%
The Israeli occupation in general 6%
Family problems 3%
The security situation in the Gaza Strip now is better than before Hamas took over, worse, or it did not change?
The Same 6%
Trust in Abu Mazen versus trust in Ismael Hanieh
Abu Mazen 78%
Ismael Hanieh 22%
(Hamas trust was 41% in January 2006. Fatah v Hamas trust is 46% v 16% in the Gaza strip)
Support or opposition to early PLC elections
Voting preference if early PLC elections are held next week
Attitude about the nature of the state, refugees, and Jerusalem
Two states for two people 53%
A one bi-national state in historic Palestine 15%
A Palestinian state on all historic Palestine 32%
Return to their original place of residence 61%
Return back to the new Palestinian state 24%
Jerusalem as an international capital 19%
East Jerusalem for Palestine and West for Israel 29%
A unfiied capital for both states 14%
A capital only for Palestine 38%
As David puts it, "rejectionism rejected". Fantastic news.