Publications

Joint Israeli Palestinian Poll June 2013

Israelis and Palestinians continue to display pessimism regarding the peace process

These are the results of the most recent poll conducted jointly by the Harry S. Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research in Ramallah. The joint survey was conducted with the support of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung in Jerusalem and Ramallah.

Palestinians: PA has become a burden on the Palestinian people

Palestinian Public Opinion Poll No (48), 13-15 June 2013

While a majority supports the appointment of Rami Al Hamdallah as Prime Minister, 40% believe the Palestinian Authority has become a burden on the Palestinian people and only 30% believe that it is an accomplishment. And while Ismail Haniyeh wins against Abbas in presidential elections in the Gaza Strip, half of the public believes that the Palestinian have a failed leadership.

Legislative Status in the Palestinian Territory: Mechanisms, Consequences and Solutions

The Institute of Law Publishes a Specialised, Qualitative Study

With support from Konrad Adenauer Stiftung – Ramallah Office, the Institute of Law (IoL) at Birzeit University has recently published its landmark book Legislative Status in the Palestinian Territory: Mechanisms, Consequences and Solutions.

No hope in peace and reconciliation

Palestinian Public Opinion Poll No (47)

Popularity of Hamas and Haniyeh drops and the popularity of Fatah and Abbas rises but pessimism regarding reconciliation prevails once again and a majority believes the new Obama administration will not succeed in reviving the peace process

Almost two thirds do not believe in a final status settlement

Results of the Joint Israeli Palestinian Poll, December 2012

Given the outcome of the Israeli operation in Gaza and the UN recognition of a Palestinian state, Palestinians move towards Hamas’ over Abbas’s way, whereas Israelis stand steadfast in their evaluations and preferences.

Gaza: War gives Hamas an electoral victory in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip if elections are held today

Palestinian Public Opinion Poll No (46), 13-15 December 2012

Two major developments preceded the conduct of the poll: (1) the Gaza war between Hamas and Israel followed by a ceasefire, a visit by Khalid Mish’al to the Gaza Strip, and Hamas’ celebration of victory in the war on the occasion of its launch, (2) the submission of a Palestinian request for the upgrading of the status of Palestine to a non-member state at the UN, the vote at the General Assembly on the request with 138 countries voting in favor, and the return of president Mahmoud Abbas to the West Bank amid public celebrations in support of his UN bid.

The political economy of the West Bank

An attempt to explain the economic protests in September 2012

Since 2011, West Bank-wide demonstrations have markedly increased. Apartfrom the protest in November 2012 against the latest military escalation in Gaza,demonstrations across the West Bank also took place in March 2011, July andSeptember 2012. Mahmoud Abbas, the President of the PalestinianAuthority, stated at a meeting with Arab League ministers in Cairo in September2012 that “The Palestinian Spring has begun, and we are in line with what thepeople say and what they want”.

The Palestinian UN bid

On 29 November, the President of the Palestinian National Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, is going to ask the United Nations General Assembly to upgrade the status of the Palestinian Territories to non-member observer state. This step could boost efforts for the international recognition of a State of Palestine after last year's failed bid for full membership at the UN, yet the initiative also contains political risks.

Will Palestinian factions reconcile over Gaza crisis?

Solidarity among Palestinians could turn into a political option

The Gaza crisis has been closely monitored by the world, but for Palestinians it became a reason for bipartisan solidarity that was visible in demonstrations inside the West Bank, East Jerusalem, Palestinian refugee camps in neighboring Arab countries and worldwide.

Palestinian reactions to the US elections

Between hope and reservation

The US presidential elections on November 6, 2012 have been closely monitored by Palestinians and widely discussed in the street. Most of the Palestinians believe that the re-election of Barack Obama sends a more positive message to the Palestinians than had Mitt Romney been elected.