Daniel Polisar is executive vice-president and a member of the faculty at Shalem College in Jerusalem. A PhD in political science, he focuses on the challenges of liberalization in the Palestinian Authority, Israel’s constitutional development, and Palestinian and Israeli public opinion.
Egypt and Jordan had strong leaders committed to peace; the Palestinians don’t. That makes the views of ordinary Palestinians all the more significant, and worrisome.
Western statesmen and politicians have long asserted that the two-state solution commands majority support on the ground. Most Palestinians say otherwise.
Six months after the current wave of violence began, some observers think it might be running out of steam. But what next?
The “occupation” isn’t enough to explain the views they hold on Israel, Jews, and the desirability of violence.
It’s time to take a close look at an often ignored subject: what ordinary Palestinians think about Israel, Jews, and terrorist attacks on civilians.