Is Public Opinion a Force for or an Impediment to Peace? – The Case of the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict
The Swedish Institute of International Affairs (UI) arranged a seminar on the role of public opinion in peacemaking.
During the past decade, Palestinian and Israeli public opinion has become more hardline exhibiting greater opposition to compromise. Support for the two-state solution has decreased by at least one third. This change raises worrying questions regarding the role of public opinion in peacemaking. The talk will describe trends in Palestinian public opinion and examine the implications of recent changes.
Khalil Shikaki, Professor of Political Science and Director of the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research
Cherine Hussein, Research Fellow at UI's Middle East and North Africa Programme
Bitte Hammargren, Head of UI's Middle East and North Africa Programme