Psychological correlates of public support for reconciliation: The Israeli-Jordanian case

Ifat Maoz*, Jacob Shamir, Gadi Wolfsfeld, Shira Dvir

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This study examines psychological correlates of Jewish-Israeli support for post-conflict political reconciliation with Jordan. An analysis of data from a public opinion survey conducted with a representative sample of Israeli-Jew s (n=1000) indicated that appraisal of outgroup collective threat, as well as hatred and (lack of) sympathy towards Jordanians, predicted Jewish-Israeli decreased support for peaceful reconciliation with Jordan. Our findings point to the crucial role of threat perceptions in hindering post-conflict reconciliation and to the importance of sympathy towards the other side in increasing support for such reconciliation.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)26-43
Number of pages18
JournalPeace and Conflict Studies
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes


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