Outsourcing the Occupation

Neve Gordon

in Israel's Occupation

Published by University of California Press

Published in print February 2008 | ISBN: 9780520255302
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520942363 | DOI:
Outsourcing the Occupation

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As the years passed, the fact that Israel would be unable to quell the popular uprising began registering among larger segments of the Israeli public. Many Israelis believed that the economic, political, and moral cost of upholding the occupation was too high and that Israel had to modify its policies in the Occupied Territories (OT). It became clear that the existing forms of control were not producing the desired calm and that another strategy was needed. The ingenious idea was to “outsource” the responsibility for the population to a subcontractor. A Palestinian authority was established to take on the task of managing the occupied inhabitants. This chapter describes how the reorganization of power was implemented and why it too failed to normalize the occupation. It reads the different Oslo agreements, which the two parties signed over a period of six years, not as part of a peace process or a withdrawal of power, but rather as texts that outline the reorganization of Israeli power in the OT. The chapter then goes on to analyze the changes on the ground, showing how the Oslo accords precipitated the second intifada.

Keywords: Palestinian resistance; uprising; Occupied Territories; Palestinian Authority; Oslo Accords; intifada

Chapter.  10482 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Asian History

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