Joint Israeli Palestinian Poll, December 2011

Israelis’ and Palestinians’ willingness to compromise has increased amidst a climate of feud and mistrust - this is a noticeable result 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 in cooperation with the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung in Ramallah and Jerusalem and the Ford Foundation Cairo office. Hereinafter you find a summary of the main results of the survey.

Hamas wins public confidence after prisoner exchange deal

Results of the PSR Palestinian Public Opinion Poll No (42)

With Hamas winning greater public confidence in the aftermath of the prisoner exchange deal, half of the public is optimistic about the implementation of the reconciliation agreement and only 20% expect the formation of a reconciliation government in the near future

New Dynamics in the Middle East

2011 – An eventful year for the Palestinian Territories

For the Palestinian Territories the year 2011 was first and foremost marked by the events of the so-called “Arab Spring”. Although there has been no overthrow of the political regime or even mass demonstrations in either the West Bank or the Gaza Strip for that matter, the “Arab Spring” had a significant impact. Neither would there have been the (so far unsuccessful) attempts of reuniting both territories nor would the release of the Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, who was held hostage by the Islamist Hamas, have taken place, if it were not for the upheavals in Egypt.

Joint Israeli-Palestinian Poll, September 2011

Over 80% of the Palestinians support turning to the UN to obtain recognition of a Palestinian state. About 70% of Israelis think that if the UN recognizes a Palestinian state Israel should accept the decision

Massive Palestinian support for going to the UN

Results of the PSR Palestinian Public Opinion Poll No (41)

Massive support for going to the UN, but a majority expects US and Israeli financial and political sanctions and three quarters want an actual exercise of sovereignty throughout the West Bank

Pöttering: Israel needs to declare a settlement freeze

In an interview with the Deutschlandfunk, Dr. Hans-Gert Pöttering, chairman of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, demands a leading role of the EU to solve the Middle East conflict.

“Palestine 194”

In September the Palestinians want to become the 194th member state of the United Nations. A seemingly posi-tive event. The Israeli minister for foreign affairs, though, is worried that there will be an unprecedented bloodshed. Europe must stand united now to reach a common position re-garding the Palestinian venture.

Europe’s moment

Upheaval in Libya: Why the EU should support the Arabic spring much stronger than up to now

Rejoicing, but also still gunshots in Tripoli, the fallen bastion of the Libyan dictator Gaddafi – in Europe’s neighbourhood epochal upheavals are taking place. Their outcome may be uncertain – however, it is certain that the European Union is directly affected by these decisions. Therefore, it cannot afford to wait and see how things develop as an onlooker.

Joint Israeli Palestinian Poll, June 2011

Palestinians are determined to go to the UN in September and not to return to negotiations with Netanyahu, in line with Israelis’ expectations.

Between UN and Intifada: a turbulent September in the Palestinian Territories?

It is unclear what the Palestinians can achieve by going to the United Nations. Some Palestinian politicians already warn of it. “September” could become the catch phrase of the Middle-East conflicts' new phase.