The Core Beliefs behind Palestinian Public Opinion

No progress on peace will be possible until and unless “Palestine” becomes a pragmatic political project rather than a religious-ideological cause célèbre.


Palestinian protesters hold up a makeshift Israeli flag, with a swastika replacing the Star of David, during a demonstration in the West Bank city of Hebron on October 16, 2015. HAZEM BADER/AFP/Getty Images.
Palestinian protesters hold up a makeshift Israeli flag, with a swastika replacing the Star of David, during a demonstration in the West Bank city of Hebron on October 16, 2015. HAZEM BADER/AFP/Getty Images.
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Nov. 17 2015
About the author

Amir Taheri, formerly the executive editor (1972-79) of Iran’s main daily newspaper, is the author of twelve books and a columnist for the Arab daily Asharq Al-Awsat.

No surprises here: that’s the conclusion a reader might draw after making his way through “What Do Palestinians Want?,” Daniel Polisar’s comprehensive essay in Mosaic on Palestinian public opinion. Based on hundreds of polls conducted by different organizations over the years, Polisar’s study confirms, or rather reconfirms, that a large majority of Palestinians think the worst of Israel on all issues related to it.

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