The RAND Corporation has developed comprehensive recommendations for enhancing the success of an independent Palestinian state. For Palestinians, Israelis, and many others around the world, it is profoundly important that a new state succeed. A failed Palestinian state, or one so weak that it must be sustained and policed by others, would endanger international security.
Instead, it focuses on what would happen if such a state is created — recommending actions that Palestinians, Israelis, and the international community can take to increase the chances that a new state would be successful. The recommendations focus on governance, internal security, economic development, water, health, and education. The study team also estimated the dollar investment that will be needed to implement these recommendations during the first ten years of independence.
Governance — A precondition to good governance is that Palestinians view their leaders as legitimate and effective. This will depend on the terms of the final peace settlement along with actions of the Palestinian government. This assistance should be invested to ensure long-term economic growth.
Good governance and legitimacy also require that Palestine fight corruption and authoritarian practices, promote the rule of law and empower the judiciary, encourage parliamentary democracy, promote meritocracy in the civil service, and delegate power to local officials. The more the international community and Palestinians insist on good governance, the more likely good governance will be practiced.
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Internal Security — The success of an independent Palestinian state is inconceivable in the absence of peace and security for Palestinians and Israelis alike. An independent state must be secure within its borders, provide for the routine safety of its inhabitants, be free from subversion or foreign exploitation, and pose no threat to Israel. The most pressing internal security concern will be to suppress militant organizations that would undermine the stability of the new Palestinian state and threaten Israel.
Internal security services will need to be restructured and will need monitoring, training, and analytical support.
Public safety, routine law enforcement and the administration of justice will need to be put on a sound footing as quickly as possible. At a minimum, this will require funds for rebuilding courthouses and police stations, buying legal texts and computers, providing law enforcement training, and purchasing police equipment.
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A more comprehensive program would include vetting of judges and prosecutors. Economic Development — Successful economic development in Palestine will require adequate security, good governance, stable access to necessary supplies of power and water, and a transportation infrastructure that meets the needs of Palestinians. Territorial contiguity aside from the separation of Gaza and the West Bank is important; in a territorially noncontiguous state, economic growth would be adversely affected.
The resulting poverty would aggravate political discontent and create a situation where maintaining security would be very difficult, if not impossible. According to a report in January in the largest Israeli daily Yediot Aharonot , Jewish teachers in Israel stated that anti-Arab racism among Jewish students reached alarming levels, advocating killing Palestinians.
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The teachers found graffiti written on school walls and even on exam papers stating "Death To Arabs". According to the report, a student at a school in Tel Aviv told his teacher during class that his dream is to become a soldier so he can exterminate all Arabs; several students in his class applauded in support of him. This, in no small amount, is the direct result of the racist Israeli school curricula with which Jewish children are regularly indoctrinated. In his speech to Congress, Prime Minister Netanyahu correctly diagnosed the situation on the ground.
He declared: "Our conflict has never been about the establishment of a Palestinian state. It has always been about the existence of the Jewish state. Indeed it is precisely the refusal of Arabs to adopt Arabopedophobia that is the biggest impediment to peace in the region. Obama hopes that a Palestinian bantustan could limit the threat that Palestinian children constitute to the nightmare that is "the Jewish and democratic state".
He recognises that the world can no longer claim to support universalism while endorsing Israel's right to discriminate against non-Jews. In his AIPAC speech, he said as much when he told Israel's lobby that the entire world, including Asia, Latin America, Europe and he could have added Africa, which he inexplicably excluded and the Arab World can no longer tolerate Israel's institutionalised racism; that America in fact stands alone with Israel today.
Clearly, Obama's love for Jewish children knows no limits. His Arabopaedophobic views, however, are not accidental, but are motivated by his great love for the "children of Israel", a love that can only be realised through continued hatred and containment of all Arabs, children and adults alike. The views expressed in this article are the author's own and do not necessarily reflect Al Jazeera's editorial policy.
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Are Palestinian children less worthy? Murdering Arab children The story of Arab children, and especially Palestinian ones, is not only tragic in the context of Israeli violence, but one that also remains ignored, deliberately marginalised, and purposely suppressed in the US and Western media - and in Western political discourse.
In the village of Al-Dawayimah, where the Haganah committed a massacre in October , an Israeli army soldier, quoted by Israeli historian Benny Morris, described the scene as such: The first [wave] of conquerors killed about 80 to [male] Arabs, women, and children. The children they killed by breaking their heads with sticks.
There was not a house without dead One commander ordered a sapper to put two old women in a certain house The sapper refused The commander then ordered his men to put in the old women and the evil deed was done. One soldier boasted that he had raped a woman and then shot her. One woman, with a newborn baby in her arms, was employed to clean the courtyard where the soldiers ate. She worked a day or two. In the end they shot her and her baby. Zionism and Jewish children Interestingly and unlike Obama, Zionism did not always show similar love towards Jewish children, whom it never flinched from sacrificing for its colonial goals.
Israeli girls write messages on a shell at a heavy artillery position near Kiryat Shmona, in northern Israel, next to the Lebanese border, Monday, July 17, [AP] Israel's recruitment of Jewish children in paramilitary organisations, which began in , continues apace, and is perhaps best exemplified in its Gadna ["Youth Battalions"] programme, where young Jewish boys and girls are prepared early for their future military service in the most militarised state on earth.
Teaching children to hate Given this history, not only are Palestinian children guilty of hating Israeli Jews, but also, Obama insists, they have no reason to hate Jews unless their evil elders indoctrinate them to do so.
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Have your say. Give us feedback. Sign up for our Newsletter. By contrast to previous surveys, all respondents were asked these questions, not only those who rejected the agreement. And for those who had not made up their mind, could the mutual incentives convince them to support an agreement, or push them to oppose it? The following is the list of pairs tested. The only difference is the order of the items within each pair: for each side, the question began with the incentives geared at them Palestinian versions are in italics.
The state of Palestine will recognize the Jewish religious and historic roots in the historic land of Israel Eretz Yisrael and Israel would recognize the Palestinian religious and historic roots in the historic land of Palestine. Israel will recognize the Palestinian religious and historic roots in the historic land of Palestine and Palestine will recognize the Jewish religious and historic roots in the historic land of Palestine. Palestine will acknowledge the Jewish character of the state of Israel and Israel will acknowledge the Arab and Islamic character of the state of Palestine.
Israel will acknowledge the Arab and Islamic character of the state of Palestine and Palestine will acknowledge the Jewish character of the state of Israel. An agreed number of Israelis, including settlers, will be allowed, if they wish, to live as permanent residents inside Palestine while maintaining their Israeli citizenship, as long as they are law abiding and an agreed number of Palestinians, including refugees, will be allowed, if they wish, to live as permanent residents inside Israel while maintaining their Palestinian citizenship, as long as they are law abiding.
An agreed number of Palestinians, including refugees, will be allowed, if they wish, to live as permanent residents inside Israel while maintaining their Palestinian citizenship, as long as they are law abiding and an agreed number of Israelis, including settlers, will be allowed, if they wish, to live as permanent residents inside Palestine while maintaining their Israeli citizenship, as long as they are law abiding.
The Palestinian government will commit to ongoing security cooperation like today, including sharing intelligence with Israeli security forces, arresting terror suspects and preventing attacks and the Israeli government will commit to releasing all Palestinian prisoners when the peace agreement takes effect. The Israeli government will commit to releasing all Palestinian prisoners when the peace agreement takes effect, and the Palestinian government will commit to ongoing security cooperation with Israel like today, including sharing intelligence with Israeli security forces, arresting terror suspects and preventing attacks.
As a sign of reconciliation, Jews will be allowed to visit at the Temple Mount al Haram al Sharif and all other religious sites holy to Jews in the Palestinian state and Israel will allow Palestinians to visit Muslim and Christian holy sites in the state of Israel. As a sign of reconciliation, Israel will allow Palestinians to visit Muslim and Christian holy sites in the state of Israel and Jews will be allowed to visit at the Temple Mount al Haram al Sharif and other sites holy to Jews in the Palestinian state.
Jews who left their homes and property in the Arab countries after the War and the establishment of the state of Israel will be compensated by the Arab countries for the lost homes and properties left behind and the state of Israel will recognize the Nakba and apologize for the suffering of the Palestinian refugees. The state of Israel will recognize the Nakba and apologize for the suffering of the Palestinian refugees and Jews who left their homes and property in the Arab countries after the War and the establishment of the state of Israel will be compensated by the Arab countries for the lost homes and properties left behind.
The state of Israel will agree to change school textbooks so that they not include incitement against Palestinians and the state of Palestine will agree to change school textbooks to remove incitement against Jews. Palestinians formally end of the global boycott campaign against Israel, and Israel formally ends its opposition to Palestine joining all global organization and will support Palestinian membership in such bodies.