Our joint Palestinian-Israeli journal started publication over five
years ago with an issue devoted mainly to "peace economics." This
was in the period immediately following the 1993 Oslo agreement
between Israel and the PLO. Now, after some six years of ups and
downs in Israeli-Palestinian relations and negotiations, it is time
to publish another issue on this topic - Peace Economics Revisited.
This is the theme of most of the articles in the Focus
There are two basic approaches to conducting economic relations
between our two entities or states: integration or separation. In
the past, from 1967 until Oslo, there was integration - albeit a
totally inequitable one, which caused the Palestinians long-term
damage: fiscal drain, infrastructure misdevelopment and restricted
competition with Israel. See Gideon Eshet's paper on the unfair
nature of relations between Israel and the occupied territories.
Samir Huleileh maintains that, due to political and security
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