The Birth and Evolution of Palestinian Statehood Strategy, 1948–82

Camille Mansour and Leila Fawaz

in Transformed Landscapes

Published by American University in Cairo Press

Published in print May 2009 | ISBN: 9789774162473
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9781617970191 | DOI:
The Birth and Evolution of Palestinian Statehood Strategy, 1948–82

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Palestinian political actors have often criticized each other for following unrealistic or defeatist strategies, for lacking a clear or coherent strategy, or simply for having no strategy at all. External influence, social conflicts, opposing economic interests, struggle between political parties and forces, competition within the governing elite, leadership changes, bureaucratic contradictions, implementing government bodies of varying competence, all mitigate the notion of a state as a person mindfully making freely clear and rational decisions consistent with the objective, and giving unambiguous orders to obedient limbs. The inclusiveness of “Palestine” both in terms of its operational constitutive members and its territorial base may have changed over these decades and Palestine as an actor has not always been self-evident.

Keywords: defeatist; leadership; territorial base; mitigate; Palestine

Chapter.  13649 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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