A Palestinian Agenda for the West Bank and Gaza

A Palestinian Agenda for the West Bank and Gaza

A Palestinian Agenda for the West Bank and Gaza

A Palestinian Agenda for the West Bank and Gaza

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This collection of articles about the West Bank and Gaza written by Palestinians residing in the area offers singular insights into the major issues to be addressed before any new political arrangement on the West Bank and Gaza can be formulated. Several factors have contributed to the uniqueness and usefulness of this book.

First, these are Palestinian voices -- committed but not irrationally so -- speaking about issues that are crucial to the development of the society of West Bank and Gaza residents. Second, although the political literature regarding the Palestinian conflict is plentiful, this is one of the few studies by Palestinians dealing with issues that are essentially non-political. Third, the authors of these articles have generally adopted a pragmatic approach to the problems they address. This approach is based on field research and dictated by the capabilities and needs of the West Bank and Gaza as a territory and as a people. Fourth, a common element is the authors' general agreement that the West Bank and Gaza should be an independent Palestinian political entity based on the right of self-determination.

The authors were not asked to adhere to any political ideology or to any specific position on the structure of the political solution that might succeed the occupation. Neither the editor nor the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research adheres to any pre- conception about the future political formation in the West Bank and Gaza.

In reviewing the articles in this book, two observations should be made:

First, the primary focus has been on having the issues presented by scholars with information based on first-hand experience and field research. Qualified people from the West Bank and Gaza were there-

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