James Zogby: Israel Is Jeopardizing Peace Process With Construction

Posted by Newsmax on December 21, 2012 in News Clips

Israel has crossed the line and is jeopardizing peace with Hamas over its controversial plans to build 1,500 homes in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, the founder and president of the Arab American Institute believes.

“It’s not just Hamas that says a red line’s been crossed; the entire European continent has as well,’’ Dr. James Zogby, an expert on Arab concerns and author of “Arab Voices: What They Are Saying To Us And Why It Matters.’’ Story continues below.

“And it’s not 1500, actually, it’s 6,000 new units being planned in that southern rim that will...

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Peace process may be on ice, but it’s still a hot-button issue

Posted by Haaretz on December 21, 2012 in News Clips

How do the people with the most at stake feel about the conflict at this point? A new survey sheds some light.

With Israeli elections coming up and changes expected in U.S. President Barack Obama's key cabinet posts (secretary of state and secretary of defense), the Palestinian-Israeli peace process is nowhere to be found: it's been put on hold for now, if not further derailed by the Palestinians' status upgrade at the UN and the subsequent Israeli announcement about construction in the E-1 area of the West Bank and in other parts of East Jerusalem.But how do the people with...

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Is Peace Possible? (2012)

Posted on December 19, 2012 in Reports

A report on a comprehensive survey of attitudes among Israeli Jews, Israeli Arabs, Palestinians in the Occupied Lands, Refugees in Lebanon, Refugees in Jordan, and Jewish Americans.

During the month of September, 2012, we conducted an extensive survey of public opinion with over 4,200 participants among: Israeli Jews and Arabs; Palestinians in the West Bank, Gaza, and East Jerusalem; Palestinian refugees in Lebanon and Jordan; and the American Jewish community. The polls were conducted exclusively for the Sir Bani Yas Forum. A surface review of the results establishes the enormous challenges confronting...

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New Poll: What Palestinians and Israelis Really Think about Prospects for Peace

Posted on December 13, 2012 in Press Releases

For Immediate Release Contact: Omar Tewfik (202) 652-4988

New Poll: What Palestinians and Israelis Really Think about Prospects for PeaceAAI to release the findings of a new survey on December 19th at the New America Foundation

During the month of September 2012, Zogby Research Services conducted a comprehensive, unprecedented survey of Israeli Jews and Arabs; Palestinians in the West Bank, Gaza, and East Jerusalem; Palestinian refugees in Lebanon and Jordan; and the American Jewish community. The survey was conducted for the Sir Bani Yas Forum, a joint effort between the UAE and Chatham House.

The polling, which establishes opportunities and...

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AAI, New America to Co-host Event: Is Peace Possible?

Posted by on December 11, 2012 in Blog
The New America's Middle East Task Force and the Arab American Institute invite you to the launch of a critical public opinion survey on what Palestinians and Israelis want in a peace deal and their thoughts about the prospects for achieving it.
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Public Opinion on Israel/Palestine: Indifferent or Up for Grabs?

Posted by on November 29, 2012 in Blog
The Israeli-Palestinian conflict has long been one of the most contentious issues in US foreign policy. At dining room tables, friends and family members that otherwise agree on most issues relating to politics are loathe to discuss the topic for fear of igniting a vitriolic exchange. But according to AAI’s most recent poll American Opinions on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, 2012, for an increasing number of Americans, Israel/ Palestine is not even an afterthought.
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American Opinions on the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (2012)

Posted on November 26, 2012 in Reports

Executive Summary

New polling on American attitudes toward to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict show sharp differences in opinion between political parties and age groups.

Conducted in August 2012,* the poll shows:

• A plurality of Americans (40%) believe U.S. policy should steer a “middle course” between Israelis and Palestinians.

• A plurality (34%) also supports the Palestinian right of return, but Americans are evenly divided on the issue of settlements and the future status of Jerusalem.

• Surprisingly high numbers of Americans (20-58%) are unsure or have no opinion on most issues.

There is strong bipartisan support for the idea that...

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Challenging Misperceptions about Arab Americans and U.S. Politics

Posted by on November 14, 2012 in Blog
This week, AAI president Jim Zogby and Hussein Ibish, a senior fellow at the American Task Force on Palestine, each wrote articles that appeared on “Open Zion,” a blog edited by Peter Beinart on The Daily Beast. They expressed very different views on the status quo of the Arab American community and the challenges of “normalizing” Arab American political perspectives. Jim’s article was posted in response to Mr. Ibish’s. An excerpt of both appears below. Take a look and let us know your thoughts.
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Challenging Misperceptions about Arab Americans and U.S. Politics

Posted by on November 14, 2012 in Blog
This week, AAI president Jim Zogby and Hussein Ibish, a senior fellow at the American Task Force on Palestine, each wrote articles that appeared on “Open Zion,” a blog edited by Peter Beinart on The Daily Beast. They expressed very different views on the status quo of the Arab American community and the challenges of “normalizing” Arab American political perspectives. Jim’s article was posted in response to Mr. Ibish’s. An excerpt of both appears below. Take a look and let us know your thoughts.
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James Zogby: Arab American Voters ‘Overwhelmingly’ Support Obama

Posted by Newsmax on October 27, 2012 in News Clips

Prominent Middle East expert Dr. James Zogby tells Newsmax that President Obama is polling about 18 percent below his 2008 numbers among Arab-American voters. But those Arab-Americans who are Muslims now “overwhelmingly” support the Democratic candidate compared to four years ago, he adds. Zogby also discloses that Arab-Americans across the board consider jobs and the economy as the most important issue in this year’s elections.

Zogby is founder and president of the Arab American Institute, a Washington, D.C.–based organization that serves as a political and policy research arm of the Arab-American community, and author of the book “Arab...

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