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Constituting and Reconstituting 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: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520237629.003.0003
Constituting and Reconstituting Palestine

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The Palestinian constitution can regulate and define its community. Palestinian constitutional efforts have often operated at cross-purposes, which explains why so many constitutions have been drafted for Palestine without being promulgated. Palestinian elections were unobtainable in wartime conditions, so prominent individuals and leaders of various Palestinian organizations and groups were asked to join the council in Gaza under Egyptian control. The leadership of the PNA ignored the effort to write a Basic Law throughout 1995, and instead negotiated issues of constitutional structure with the Israelis. The Palestinians attempted to obtain Israeli agreement to symbolic and structural aspects of statehood in matters of internal governance. The agreement offered something to both sides but also left a considerable measure of ambiguity in the final document, which reflected on Palestinian suggestions.

Keywords: constitution; Palestinian elections; Israelis; Basic Law; governance

Chapter.  14959 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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