The Failed Palestinian Mini-State: Governance, Occupation, and the Future
Manju Parikh, Political Science
The Oslo Accords, negotiated peace agreements between Israel and the Palestinian Liberation Organization, conferred limited territorial and governmental jurisdiction through the creation of a Palestinian Authority. The mandates of the Oslo Accords formed a de facto Palestinian mini-state. Since its inception, this Palestinian mini-state has failed for three primary reasons. First, flawed theoretical assumptions associated with the Oslo Accords provided a poor foundation for political and social development. Second, actions of some Palestinian leadership have prevented the organization and functioning required in a democratic society. Finally, Israel, through their military occupation and fundamental control over daily Palestinian life has precluded the possibility of a successful Palestinian mini-state. This paper details the creation of the Palestinian mini-state and its ultimate failure. Analysis of each of the three main causes of failure concludes with a discussion of Palestinians future and their relationship with Israel. Finally, recommendations are made for action that may serve to improve the status quo.
Morency, Jeffrey, "The Failed Palestinian Mini-State: Governance, Occupation, and the Future" (2005). Honors Theses. 372.