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Opinions on the Conflict

Global Public Opinion on the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict Over a Decade – A Comprehensive Resource with Insights from Opinionated Authors. Uncover Varied Perspectives in Our Conflict Dossier

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Protesters march through neighborhoods near a Ford Motor Company plant in Dearborn, Michigan on May 18, 2021, where US President Joe Biden is touring, to protest the Biden’s continued support for Benjamin Netanyahu’s administration, and the on going Israeli army actions in Gaza, and the forced removal of Palestinian families in Sheikh Jarrah in East Jerusalem. SETH HERALD / AFP.

Editorial Note

This section of our Palestinian-Israeli Conflict dossier provides an overview of worldwide public opinion on the conflict, spanning over a decade. It also offers a comprehensive overview of authors and opinion makers who have contributed opinionated articles to our website.

In 2010, the Fanack Foundation was founded as a Dutch non-profit organization in the International City of Justice, The Hague, alongside the Fanack company. Its mission is to promote understanding, tolerance, and friendship among all nations and peoples, irrespective of their religious beliefs, race, or ethnicity. The Foundation aligns with international law and condemns human rights violations in the context of the conflict.

This perspective is in line with global public opinion, which criticizes Israel’s policies regarding human rights violations and its failure to adhere to international treaties. This contributes to Israel’s perception as the fourth most disliked country globally, following only Iran, Pakistan, and North Korea.

It’s important to note that this doesn’t suggest a lack of significant Israeli opposition to current Israeli political stances, nor does it imply that the perception of the conflict’s root causes and potential resolutions is static. This also applies to public opinion in countries like the United States and its European allies.

According to a 2022 report by the PEW Research Center, Americans generally hold more positive views of the Israeli population and the Israeli government compared to the Palestinian people and their government.

The report highlights that White evangelicals are significantly more likely to believe that God granted the land, now Israel, to the Jewish people (70% of White evangelicals), compared to 32% of U.S. Jews who expressed a similar view in a 2020 survey.

Both European and American populations, have grown increasingly disenchanted with Israeli right-wing politics, exacerbated by the war in Ukraine – people’s right to dignity and to self-determination – and the disruptive influence on political change by groups from both sides of the aisle, like the Kahane movement and Hamas.

As indicated in the PEW report, attitudes towards a bias for Israel are rapidly evolving. In the USA, particularly among Democratic Party voters, and in Europe, the perception towards a more balanced bias has already shifted across all significant voter groups.

Unfortunately, it may take prolonged suffering of Palestinians and Israelis before the interest in resolving the conflict – in accordance with international treaties and human rights – gains full, unbiased, and meaningful support of all of those vital for a meaningful dialogue to find a solution.

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It’s important to note that we don’t necessarily endorse all of the opinions expressed in the listed articles below, but we consider all viewpoints expressed worthy of sharing:

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