Publications

Palestinians and Israelis think a major regional war would erupt if Israel were to attack Iran

Joint Israeli Palestinian Poll, September 2012

Around 80% of Palestinians and of Israelis think that if Israel were to carry out a military strike against Iran’s nuclear facilities, a major regional war will erupt. However a majority of Israelis do not believe that Israel will strike and the climate of opinion is against it.

Palestinians: Conditions in Gaza better than in the West Bank

Palestinian Public Opinion Poll No (45), September 2012

With positive evaluation of the performance of the Fayyad government declining sharply, satisfaction with President Abbas decreasing, and popularity of Fatah in the West Bank significantly dropping, a larger percentage of Palestinians evaluates, for the first time since the split in 2007, more positively conditions in the Gaza Strip over conditions in the West Bank at a time when more than three quarters believe that protests in the West Bank will continue and escalate.

The continuous erosion of democratic structures in the West Bank

More than 70 percent of the Palestinians in the West Bank believe that the Palestinian Authority (PA) is undemocratic and illiberal. A question arises: Is the West Bank still governed by democratic procedures or is the PA an authoritarian regime? The truth lies in the middle – and the causes for concern increase.

Hamas and the “Arab Spring”

Regionale Umbrüche gefährden Machtbasis der Islamisten im Gazastreifen

For five years the Gaza Strip has been controlled by Hamas. Despite constant efforts, a reunification with the West Bank, governed by Fatah, is not in sight. To the contrary: The Islamists established a small but efficient authoritarian entity. But the changes related to the “Arab Spring” present a latent danger for Hamas.

Joint Israeli Palestinian Poll, June 2012

A unilateral Israeli withdrawal from areas east of the separation fence?

Israelis are split over and Palestinians oppose a new Israeli unilateral plan designed to encourage settlers to move back to Israel in order to bolster the two-state solution and the Israeli government’s ability to reach a peace solution with the Palestinians. Neither Israelis nor Palestinians think that the plan is likely to be implemented by the Netanyahu government.

Majority rejects Israeli plan for unilateral steps in the West Bank

Joint Israeli Palestinian Poll, June 2012

Israelis are split and Palestinians oppose a new Israeli unilateral plan designed to encourage settlers to move back to Israel in order to bolster the two-state solution and the Israeli government’s ability to reach a peace solution with the Palestinians.

Widespread popular anger in West Bank after arrest of journalists and blocking of internet sites

Palestinian Public Opinion Poll No (44)

Popularity of Fatah and President Abbas drops in light of widespread popular opposition to the arrest of journalists and perceived restrictions on freedoms and in light of the failure to form a reconciliation government, but the popularity of Hamas and its Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh rises in light of the results of the Egyptian elections and the decision to allow the Election Commission to begin voters' registration in the Gaza Strip.

The Joint Israeli-Palestinian Polls

A valuable instrument for the study of public opinion among the conflicting parties

Towards the end of every quarter, 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 (PSR) in Ramallah conduct a public opinion poll among Israelis and Palestinians. These surveys are supported by the KAS offices in Jerusalem and Ramallah. On the Israeli side, the scientific mentor is Prof. Yaacov Shamir, on the Palestinian side, it is Dr. Khalil Shikaki. The results always enjoy strong attention among the general public as well as among experts.

Palestinians overwhelmingly support Syrian revolution

PA's financial crisis, the exchange of rockets with Israel, pessimism about reconciliation, and the slowdown in the UN bid leave a negative impact on the governments of Fayyad and Haniyeh, Fatah and Hamas, and the status of president Abbas: all come out losers.

The Evacuation Of Migron

Israeli Settlement Policies In The West Bank And East Jerusalem

“The Court concludes that the Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (including East Jerusalem) have been established in breach of international law.”