Hamas’ attacks on Israelis on 7 October shattered a growing international consensus that the Israel–Palestine conflict was contained.
While for many Israelis life had for years seemed relatively stable, the reality for Palestinians has worsened in recent years. According to the UN, Israeli forces had killed more Palestinians in the West Bank between January and September 2023 than in any year since it began recording fatalities. Israel’s occupation, expansion of settlements and settler violence in the West Bank, and the 17-year blockade on Gaza, as well as Hamas’ violent responses, complicated prospects for longer-term peace.
The status quo has proven unsustainable, and questions are mounting over how to ensure a more lasting settlement, including considerations over the future of Palestinian leadership in the West Bank and Gaza, and the parameters of terms such as ‘two-state’ or ‘one-state’ solutions.
In this webinar, a panel of experts will discuss:
What is the future of Palestinian leadership in the West Bank and Gaza?
What impacts is the war having on Palestinian society and the perceptions Palestinians have of their leaders?
Can the Palestinian Authority be reformed to address the grievances of Palestinians and become an actor for peace?
How will relations with Israel change against the backdrop of the Gaza war and violence in the West Bank?
What do Palestinians envisage for the future in terms of statehood?
This event is part of Chatham House’s ongoing work focusing on the Israel-Palestine conflict.