Building a Successful Palestinian State

Building a Successful Palestinian State

The RAND Palestinian State Study Team
Copyright Date: 2005
Published by: RAND Corporation
Pages: 453
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    Building a Successful Palestinian State
    Book Description:

    An examination of how an independent Palestinian state, if created, can be made successful. The authors describe options for strengthening governance, security, economic development, access to water, health and health care, and education, and estimate the financial resources needed for successful development over the first decade of independence.

    eISBN: 978-0-8330-4050-3
    Subjects: Political Science

Table of Contents

  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-iv)
  2. [Illustrations]
    (pp. v-viii)
  3. Preface
    (pp. ix-x)
  4. Acknowledgments
    (pp. xi-xii)
  5. Table of Contents
    (pp. xiii-xx)
  6. Figures
    (pp. xxi-xxii)
  7. Tables
    (pp. xxiii-xxvi)
  8. Summary
    (pp. xxvii-xxxviii)
  9. Abbreviations
    (pp. xxxix-xlii)
  10. Glossary
    (pp. xliii-xliv)
  11. CHAPTER ONE Introduction
    (pp. 1-12)
    C. Ross Anthony, Glenn E. Robinson, Michael Schoenbaum, Steven N. Simon and Cynthia R. Cook

    This study focuses on a single analytical question: How can an independent Palestinian state be made successful?

    Identifying these requirements became a pressing policy need for the United States with the adoption of the "Roadmap,"¹ which calls for a Palestinian state in 2005. President Bush recently revised this timetable and is now calling for a new state by 2009. Following a March 2002 UN Security Council Resolution, which called for the creation of a Palestinian state and was supported by the United States—in June 2002, President George W. Bush expressed explicit U.S. support for creating a Palestinian state.² To...

  12. CHAPTER TWO Governance
    (pp. 13-32)
    Glenn E. Robinson

    To be successful, a new Palestine state will need to be characterized by good governance, including a commitment to democracy, the rule of law, and elimination of the present corruption. An important precursor for good governance is for the state to enjoy a high level of political support and legitimacy in the eyes of its own people. The key variables that will determine such support and the state's legitimacy in the eyes of Palestinians are: the size of the state, the contiguity of its lands, and the nature of its presence in Jerusalem.

    Good governance will likewise be enhanced if...

  13. CHAPTER THREE Internal Security
    (pp. 33-72)
    Kevin Jack Riley, Seth G. Jones, Steven N. Simon, David Brannan and Anga R. Timilsina

    Internal security will be critical to the viability of a Palestinian state. However, it is unlikely that the Palestinians will be able to set up an effective internal security system on their own; the United States and the international community will need to help. In this chapter we examine the Palestinian internal security system and offer options that the United States and the international community could pursue to help the Palestinians develop an effective internal security system capable of providing public order and domestic stability, as well as improving peace with Palestine's neighbors. We conclude the following:

    The Palestinian internal...

  14. CHAPTER FOUR Demography
    (pp. 73-106)
    Kevin F. McCarthy and Brian Nichiporuk

    In the four and one-half decades since the 1948 Arab-Israeli War triggered the first wave of the Palestinian diaspora, the size of the Palestinian population has increased almost sixfold (from approximately 1.5 million to almost 9 million). Throughout the first three decades of this period, the dominant demographic feature of this population was its increasingly geographic dispersion. Today, almost 40 percent of the Palestinian population lives within the boundaries of what would be a new Palestinian state (the West Bank and Gaza); another 50 percent is living in the four states near the West Bank and Gaza; and about 10...

  15. CHAPTER FIVE Economics
    (pp. 107-162)
    Justin L. Adams, Kateryna Fonkych, Keith Crane and Michael Schoenbaum

    The economy of an independent Palestinian state will be the engine of opportunity for its citizens. To provide sustained growth in per-capita incomes, Palestine needs a dynamic private sector that can employ the current and future labor force. The economy will need to be diverse and resilient enough to withstand economic or political shocks and open enough to participate fully and competitively in the world economy. To foster such an economy, the future Palestinian government will need to

    surmount the many challenges facing the Palestinian economy, especially those posed by the need for regional security

    make strategic choices and choose...

  16. CHAPTER SIX Water
    (pp. 163-222)
    Mark Bernstein, David G. Groves and Amber Moreen

    Clean and sufficient water for domestic consumption, commercial and industrial development, and agriculture is a requirement for a viable Palestinian state. The existing level of water resource development and sharing of water resources between Israelis and Palestinians does not meet this requirement today and is even less likely to do so as the Palestinian population grows over the next several decades. In addition, current water and waste management practices are degrading both surface streams and rivers and underground water resources. In this chapter, we describe the major water resource issues facing the Palestinians, outline policy options to ensure that a...

  17. CHAPTER SEVEN Health
    (pp. 223-308)
    Michael Schoenbaum, Adel K. Afifi and Richard J. Deckelbaum

    This chapter examines potential strategies for strengthening the Palestinian health system. We focus particularly on major institutions that would be essential for the success of the health system over the first decade of a future independent Palestinian state. In addition, we recommend several programs for preventive and curative care that are urgently needed and that could be implemented in the short term, with the goal of rapidly improving the health status and health care services of Palestinians.

    The health system of a future Palestinian state starts with many strengths. These include a relatively healthy population; a high societal value placed...

  18. CHAPTER EIGHT Education
    (pp. 309-378)
    Charles A. Goldman, Rachel Christina and Cheryl Benard

    Building an excellent education system will be key to Palestine's prosperity and stability in the coming years. The new state will have a strong base of human capital, and maximizing investments in that capital should be a national priority. Maintaining the relevance and resonance of the education system to its sociocultural context should be equally important. Indeed, addressing these two foci in tandem will be essential to positioning Palestine as a powerful player in the region's knowledge economy.

    In this chapter, we offer a framework for understanding what an excellent education system looks like and what it must achieve. We...

  19. CHAPTER NINE Conclusions
    (pp. 379-394)

    If a state of Palestine is created, it is essential that it be successful. The purpose of this book is to describe steps that Palestinians, Israelis, Americans, and members of the international community can take to ensure that a new independent Palestinian state is successful.

    An independent Palestinian state will begin with a number of strengths. These include a population that is devoted to the success of their state and, according to polls, willing to live side by side and in peace with Israel. This population is relatively healthy and well-educated, compared with other countries in the region with similar...

  20. Index
    (pp. 395-408)