The Failed Palestinian Mini-State: Governance, Occupation, and the Future

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Political Science | Social and Behavioral Sciences


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.