Palestinians Aren't Ready to Make Peace with Israel. That Doesn't Rule Out a Peace Deal.

After all, most Egyptians and Jordanians are anti-Israel, too, and yet their countries’ peace agreements have lasted.

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April 19 2017
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Ghaith al-Omari is a senior fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. From 1999 to 2006 he served as an adviser to the Palestinian negotiating team and participated in numerous rounds of negotiation at settings including the 2000 Camp David summit.


In his Mosaic essay, “Do Palestinians Want a Two-State Solution?” Daniel Polisar concludes that the Palestinian public does not, in fact, want such a solution. Instead, by large and consistent majorities, Palestinians support the maximalist solution of a Palestinian state “from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea.” (Whether Israelis want a two-state solution, and if so under what conditions, is of course a separate matter.)

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