The Involvement of the Arab Palestinian Citizens of Israel in Foreign Affairs

Sana Knaneh March 2018
Research / The Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process

The Palestinian citizens of Israel have the potential to influence and shape Israel’s foreign affairs, especially in regards to the Israeli-Palestinian peace process and to Israel’s ties with Arab and Muslim countries. However, their involvement in these issues is minimal. The research examines why this is the case, and how it can be changed. It analyses attitudes among Palestinian citizens of Israel regarding their involvement in issues related to foreign affairs. It is based on interviews with approximately thirty key opinion leaders in Israel’s Arab society: Members of Knesset, scholars, civil society leaders, and journalists. A parallel research, focusing on the attitudes among Jewish-Israeli leaders of the peace camp, was conducted by Inbal Ben-Ezer.

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