To those of us intensely interested in Israel, or Israel/Palestine, each day brings a barrage of new materials. Much of it is propagandistic, for one side or the other, so we may be pardoned for fallen prey to a certain information fatigue. Yes, yes, we know, we’ve heard it. So when an exceptional piece of new scholarship becomes available, it risks being ignored.
And here is the impressive scholarship by Daniel Polisar (Shalem College, BA Princeton, PhD Harvard), in two separate articles in Mosaic, which is absolutely essential reading because it tells us in stupendous detail what the Palestinian Arabs want. (No, it’s not co-existence with Jews. Nor is it any kind of acceptance of a Jewish presence anywhere “from the river to the sea.”)
Polisar has examined over three hundred separate public opinion studies and has analyzed these with great discernment. Polar’s work needs to be in the mental library of all those concerned for Israel. I would go further and say that those who have not studied his work actually have no place at any table of discussion on this topic.
Well, finally, I must say that Polisar’s work is not perfect. He does not share with the reader enough technical detail concerning the sampling procedures of the studies that he considers. But, given the scholarly tone and rigor of his work, I tend to trust his judgment about the adequacy of the polling procedures.
Here are the articles: