Palestine and International Law

Essays on Politics and Economics


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About the Book

This collection of thirteen essays explains and analyzes the conflict between the Government of Israel and the Palestine Authority over the granting of sovereignty to Palestinians from the point of view of international law. The dispute—emotional, so far intractable, often violent—is of global, not merely Middle Eastern concern. The essays cover two general topics: the political nature of the conflict and the economic issues. The collection includes eight respected contributions previously published and five newly written essays. The contributors represent a range of political alignments and differing perspectives, providing the widest possible scope for understanding the issues and beliefs relating to the conflict. Includes bibliography and index.

About the Author(s)

Sanford R. Silverburg is a political science professor in the department of history and politics at Catawba College, Salisbury, North Carolina. He is a widely published author with many articles on the Arab-Israeli conflict in the dimension of international law.

Bibliographic Details

Edited by Sanford R. Silverburg
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 440
Bibliographic Info: tables, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2009 [2002]
pISBN: 978-0-7864-4248-5
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments      vii

Introduction      1

Part I: Political Issues

1. Diplomatic Recognition of States in statu nascendi: The Case of Palestine. Sanford R. Silverburg.      9

2. Palestine: The Issue of Statehood. John Quigley.      37

3. Israel and the Creation of a Palestinian State: The Art of the Impossible and the Possible. Joseph H. Weiler.      55

4. Palestine and the World of Law: A Structural Analysis. Sanford R. Silverburg.      160

5. Aspects of Foreign Relations Under the Israeli-Palestinian Agreements on Interim Self-Government Arrangements for the West Bank and Gaza. Joel Singer.      174

6. From Liberation to State Building in South Africa: Some Constitutional Considerations for Palestine. Adrien Katherine Wing.      199

7. Peace and the Political Imperative of Legal Reform in Palestine. George E. Bisharat.      214

8. Mandate Ways: Self-Determination in Palestine and the “Existing Non-Jewish Communities.” John Strawson.      251

9. Palestine and the United Nations. Neri Sybesma-Knol.      271

10. From Ostracism to a Leading Role—Spain’s Foreign Policy Towards the Middle East Since 1939. Juan Bautista Delgado.      299

Part II: Economic Issues

11. Palestinian Economic Development in the Era of Globalization. David P. Fidler and Fadi G. Harb.      331

12. Legal and Structural Hurdles to Achieving Political Stability and Economic Development in the Palestinian Territories. Keith C. Molkner.      367

13. Palestinian Economic Progress Under the Oslo Agreements. Mel Levine.      395

Selected Bibliography      419

Contributors      425

Index      427