Source: (2014) Journal of Research in Crime and Deliquency. 51(5):585-619.
Objectives: Informed by intergroup contact theory, this study explores the relationships between intergroup contact, perceived out-group threat, and support for conciliatory solutions to the violent conflict between Israeli Jews and Palestinians in Israel and the Palestinian territories.
Methods: Regression and structural equation models analyze public opinion data collected in Israel in 2011 and 2012. The analyses assess whether quantity and quality of Israeli Jewsâ€™ contact with Israeli Arabs in day-to-day encounters are associated with their support for conciliatory policies.
Results: The quality, but not the quantity, of contact is associated with lower levels of perceived Palestinian threat and, in turn, with increased support for compromise.
Conclusion: The current study provides initial evidence that everyday interactions with Israeli Arabs, when they occur under optimal conditions, may have the potential to reduce Israeli Jewsâ€™ perceptions of Palestinian threat and, in turn, increase their support for compromise. (author’s abstract)
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