Vol. 11 No. 4 , 2005
Public Opinion / Yasser Arafat 1929-2004
The Sharm el-Sheikh summit has raised the hope that a new window of opportunity in Israeli-Palestinian relations has been opened. After four and a half years of mutual violence, which has caused great suffering to both peoples, we now have a chance to return to the diplomatic track.
The renewal of talks between Israeli and Palestinian officials creates the possibility that the Gaza disengagement plan will be a coordinated step, rather than a unilateral one. If this is successfully carried out, within the framework of the Quartet Road Map, it can lay the foundations for progress toward a final-status agreement that will be based on the 1967 borders, with the possibility of a mutually agreed upon land swap, a division of Jerusalem and a satisfactory solution to the refugee problem.
The public opinion polls that are discussed in this issue indicate that there is a clear majority of both Israelis and Palestinians who are tired of the violence, support a two-state solution and want
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Table of Contents
  1. After the Summit ( )

    By Hillel Schenker Vol. 11 No. 4 2005
  2. Viewpoint
  3. An Opportunity for Bush, Sharon and Abu Mazen ( )
    Will the three leaders become the unexpected heroes of a new opportunity for peace.
    By Yossi Beilin Vol. 11 No. 4 2005
  4. The ‘Greater Middle East Initiative’ and the Arab Culture of Rejection ( )
    Arab governments should give international initiatives a chance.
    By Munther Dajani Vol. 11 No. 4 2005
  5. Gaza Disengagement: The Practical Dimensions and Implications of Potential Settlement Evacuation ( )
    The success of disengagement depends on some very practical answers and steps.
    By David Newman Vol. 11 No. 4 2005
  6. Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen): The Arafat Legacy, the Challenges, the New Perspectives ( )

    By Ziad AbuZayyad Vol. 11 No. 4 2005
  7. Economics
  8. Economic Road Map: An Israeli-Palestinian Perspective on Permanent Status ( )
    A blueprint for an Israeli-Palestinian economic agreement
    By The Aix-Group Vol. 11 No. 4 2005
  9. Culture, Literature and the Arts
  10. I Saw Ramallah ( )

    By Mourid Barghouthi and Stuart Reigeluth Vol. 11 No. 4 2005
  11. Three Poems ( )

    By Hadassah Haskale Vol. 11 No. 4 2005
  12. Chronology of Events
  13. April 1, 2004 to October 1, 2004 ( )
    Edited by Najat Hirbawi
    Vol. 11 No. 4 2005
  14. Focus 1
  15. End of a ‘Charismatic’ Era ( )
    Arafat will go down in history as the man who resurrected the Palestinian national movement.
    By Afif Safieh Vol. 11 No. 4 2005
  16. Arafat as a Palestinian Icon ( )
    Israelis demonized him and Palestinians considered him the symbol of their struggle.
    By Menachem Klein Vol. 11 No. 4 2005
  17. A Man and His People ( )
    Arafat had to overcome more obstacles,than any other 20th century leader
    By Uri Avnery Vol. 11 No. 4 2005
  18. Yasser Arafat: The Early Years ( )
    A personal recollection of Arafat's childhood and fonnative years
    By Azzam Abu-Saud Vol. 11 No. 4 2005
  19. The Arafat Enigma ( )
    Arafat 's greatest success was leading his people towards recognition of Israel
    By Danny Rubenstein Vol. 11 No. 4 2005
  20. Arafat: The Man, the Symbol ( )
    Arafat's achievement as a freedom fighter, a politician. and an emblem of Palestinian identity.
    By Mamdouh Nofal Vol. 11 No. 4 2005
  21. Tell Me Who Was Buried, I Will Tell You Who You Are ( )
    The diversity of perspectives on Arafat's passing and what he stood for.
    By Joseph Samaha Vol. 11 No. 4 2005
  22. Focus 2
  23. Introduction: What is Public Opinion and Why is it Important to Conflict Resolution? ( )

    By Yaacov Shamir Vol. 11 No. 4 2005
  24. Changes in Palestinian Public Attitudes in the Post Arafat Era ( )
    Recent polls show increased optimism and decreased support for violence.
    By Khalil Shikaki Vol. 11 No. 4 2005
  25. The Influence of Events and (Mis)information on Israeli-Jewish Public Opinion: The Case of the Camp David Summit and the Second Intifada ( )
    The Case of the Camp David Summit and the Second Intifada ..... The misinformation provided by Barak contributed to a psychological earthquake
    By Daniel Bar-Tal Vol. 11 No. 4 2005
  26. The Palestinian Elections: The Triumph of Moderation ( )
    The Palestinian presidential elections reflect the will of the silent majority.
    By Fathi Darwish Vol. 11 No. 4 2005
  27. Militant Attitudes among Israelis throughout the al-Aqsa Intifada ( )
    The willingness to employ military means does not contradict diplomatic solutions.
    By Daphna Canetti-Nisim Vol. 11 No. 4 2005
  28. The Attitudes of West Bank and Gaza Palestinians toward Governance and the Relationship Between Religion and Politics ( )
    There is high support for democracy and growing support for political Islam
    By Mark Tessler Vol. 11 No. 4 2005
  29. Changes in the Israeli Social Beliefs of Conflict, 1967-2000 ( )
    The changing landscape of the conflict has impacted Israeli social beliefs.
    By Neta Oren Vol. 11 No. 4 2005
  30. The Future Direction of the Palestinian State: What Palestinians Prefer ( )
    A poll gauges Palestinians' choice of a model country for a Palestinian state.
    By Jamil Rabah Vol. 11 No. 4 2005
  31. Opinion Shift among Israeli Jews, 1987-2004 ( )
    Variations in threat perception affect Israeli views towards a Palestinian state.
    By Asher Arian Vol. 11 No. 4 2005
  32. Recent Changes in Poll Results about the Political Process — Are They Misleading? ( )
    Changes in poll results indicate that Palestinians want to give peace a chance
    By Khader Khader Vol. 11 No. 4 2005
  33. When the Policy-Maker and the Public Meet: Sharon, Israeli-Jewish Public Opinion and the Unilateral Disengagement Plan ( )
    There is a high degree of agreement between Sharon's plan and public opinion.
    By Tamar Hermann and Ephraim Yaar-Yuchtman Vol. 11 No. 4 2005
  34. Roundtable
  35. Public Opinion ( )
    A Palestine-Israel Journal discussion with Dr: Khalil Shikaki. Dr: Yaacov Shamir and Dr: Mina Zemach, moderated by Prof Daniel Bar- Tal. One Effect of (Occupation: Why Dr: Riad Malki Could Not Participate
    Vol. 11 No. 4 2005
  36. Interview
  37. The Path to Peace: Negotiation Not Dictation ( )
    The Palestinians have always been ready for a negotiated settlement.
    By Saeb Erekat Vol. 11 No. 4 2005