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Transformed LandscapesEssays on Palestine and the Middle East in Honor of Walid Khalidi$
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Camille Mansour and Leila Fawaz

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9789774162473

Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5743/cairo/9789774162473.001.0001

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

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

(p.197) 10 The Birth and Evolution of Palestinian Statehood Strategy, 1948–82
Transformed Landscapes

Camille Mansour

Leila Fawaz

American University in Cairo Press

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

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