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Israeli-Palestinian Border Enterprises Revisited

Tamar Arieli

Abstract


The goal of the current efforts to establish Palestinian industrial parks is to boost the peace process through fulfilling the border's potential as the contact zone of Israeli and Palestinian civilian societies. This analysis of Israeli-Palestinian economic enterprises during the years 1998-2000 distinguishes three types of economic initiatives focused on the border region; road markets, industrial parks and the Oasis Casino. The border dynamics of each presented varying degrees of contribution to the potential of conflict management and transformation and reflected the ongoing conflict, the asymmetric economic relations and the societal differences.

The study of cross-border interactions in regions of conflict is somewhat compromised by ongoing dynamics and sometimes dramatic developments. The study of these enterprises presents an opportunity to better understand their characteristics throughout their life span, including their cessation and to better realize the potential of any future Israeli-Palestinian cross-border interaction.


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Print ISSN: 0886-5655
Online ISSN: 2159-1229

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