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Why Making Peace with the Palestinians Isn't Like Making Peace with Egypt and Jordan

Egypt and Jordan had strong leaders committed to peace; the Palestinians don’t. That makes the views of ordinary Palestinians all the more significant, and worrisome.

Mahmoud Abbas at an Arab League summit in Jordan on March 29, 2017. Jordan Pix/ Getty Images.
Mahmoud Abbas at an Arab League summit in Jordan on March 29, 2017. Jordan Pix/ Getty Images.
Last Word
May 3 2017
About the author

Daniel Polisar is the executive vice-president and a member of the faculty at Shalem College in Jerusalem.


I greatly welcome and appreciate the thoughts of Daniel Pipes, Ghaith al-Omari, and Elliott Abrams, the three distinguished respondents to my essay in Mosaic, “Do Palestinians Want a Two-State Solution?”. Especially gratifying is that each has challenged, extended, or put into historical and political perspective the main arguments I made about Palestinian public opinion and its impact on the prospects for reaching a durable two-state solution.

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More about: Israel & Zionism, Palestinian public opinion, Two-State Solution