Israeli and Palestinian officials find themselves around the negotiating table once again, debating deep divides over final-status issues and facing publics who are skeptical of the prospects for peace. What can public opinion polls tell us about the prospects for a final agreement? Can historic differences on territory, refugees, and other core issues be bridged? How can the United States most effectively mediate between the two sides?
On December 6, the Saban Center for Middle East Policy at Brookings hosted Nonresident Senior Fellow Shibley Telhami for the release of his annual survey of Israeli and Palestinian public opinion. Telhami presented findings from the most detailed survey yet of opinion on final-status issues. Brookings Senior Fellow Tamara Cofman Wittes, director of the Saban Center for Middle East Policy, provided introductory remarks and moderated the discussion.
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On December 6-8, the Saban Center for Middle East Policy at Brookings will host its 10th annual Saban Forum, entitled, “Power Shifts: U.S.-Israel Relations in a Dynamic Middle East.” This year’s event will feature live webcasts of remarks by U.S. President Barack Obama, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman. Learn more »