Resuming Arab Palestine

Nathan J. Brown

in Palestinian Politics after the Oslo Accords

Published by University of California Press

Published in print March 2003 | ISBN: 9780520237629
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520937789 | DOI:
Resuming Arab Palestine

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Palestinian governance announced its final post in a press conference in Gaza on June 1999. The task force commanded the respectful attention of senior Palestinian officials. Yet the report consisted of page after page of criticism of the operation of Palestinian political institutions and recommendations for sounder practices—couched in diplomatic terms but amounting to a powerful indictment of current Palestinian practice. The Palestinian participants remained less forgiving of their own officials and regarded the frequent reference to international conditions as an easy excuse for failure. The Palestinian General Control Institute had investigated financial and administrative practices in the Palestinian National Ministry (PNA's new ministries). No area of Palestinian politics can completely escape the external context for long. The main message of this chapter is that the struggle over defining Palestinian should concern not how Palestinian politics should begin, but how it should be resumed.

Keywords: Palestinian governance; Gaza; ministries; politics; Palestine

Chapter.  7134 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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