Thursday, June 16, 2016

Now for the latest installment. What do the Palestinian Arabs think?

...Anyone paying attention to the incitement pumped, generation after generation, into their communities and heads will not be surprised. What the people living on the other side of the fence are saying is clear, credible and measurable. Being optimistic about the prospects for the sort of painful compromise that leads to peaceful relations is counterfactual and foolish, as much as we wish it were otherwise. That's a message we wish the public figures pushing their "peace plans" would internalize.

Gazan Palestinian Arabs dance for joy as word gets out of a terrorist
massacre in a Jerusalem synagogue, November 18, 2014
Image Source: AP]
Arnold/Frimet Roth..
This Ongoing War..
16 June '16..

Unless you make an effort to be an expert on these matters, it can be confusing to know what views Palestinian Arabs hold. But not impossible.

The difficult does not come from lack of reliable, credible data. Plenty of it is out there, and has been for years, based on polls conducted by professional Arab organizations using solid polling techniques and respectable science.

The problems - and there are plenty - start with the fact that analysts tend to attribute views to the Palestinian Arabs based on speeches of prominent figures, interviews with officials and (forgive us) a degree of wishful, or even malicious, thinking. They end up being certain of things that look suspiciously unsupported. For us, looking at the data is better.

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