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Lindsay Benstead

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Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Social Science and University Honors


Social Science


Palestinian Arabs -- Attitudes, Arab-Israeli conflict -- 1993-, Palestinian Arabs -- Government policy -- Israel, Palestinian Arabs -- Politics and government




There have been many articles on the influence of public opinion on Palestinian peace with Israel, but none have been written using data since the early 2000s. This gap is important because many Israeli and Palestinian citizens have increasingly lost hope in the Oslo peace process. This article uses data from 2006 to 2012 to analyze changes in Palestinian support for peace with Israel. Variables include political affiliation, gender, religiosity, economic situation, and area of residence. The Arab Barometer and the Palestinian Center originally gathered all of the data for Policy and Survey Research used in this paper. A binomial logistic regression was used to measure the impact of the listed variables over a period of six years. Overall, Palestinian support decreased from 2006 to 2012. All variables but one were found to hold statistical significance towards the decrease in support.


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