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Cate SAWYER: Regarding the Gaza Strip Recommendations for Palestinian—Israeli Negotiations

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We present you one more paper in the framework of IMESClub-CDCD partnership. 

This policy paper implores the international community and major regional actors to insist on the consideration of the Gaza Strip within the current Palestinian-Israeli negotiations.  Additionally, this policy paper provides a recommended approach to negotiations, particularly examining political, economic, and security components of the current peace negotiations.  Further, a regional envelope must be simultaneously cultivated to support negotiations and achieve effective results. 

The Gaza Strip represents a significant portion of Palestinian land and population (1).  Currently, a dire humanitarian situation exists in Gaza, which will only become worse if the status quo continues.  Further, Hamas is positioned to undermine Palestinian-Israeli peace negotiations and reject any agreement that may be reached.  Therefore, it would be a fatal flaw in the Palestinian-Israeli peace negotiations to disregard the importance of addressing the situation in the Gaza Strip. 

Part Two of this paper provides background on the current situation in the Gaza Strip, highlighting the need for immediate action.  Part Three explores political components of the current negotiations.  Part Four focuses on the Gaza Strip’s economic situation, examining plans for reconstruction and development.  Lastly, Part Five recommends security arrangements.  Regional support is referred to throughout each discussion, as regional participation is essential to a sustainable agreement. 

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