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Independence, Cantons, or Bantustans: Whither the Palestinian State?

Leila Farsakh
Middle East Journal
Vol. 59, No. 2, Changing Geopolitics (Spring, 2005), pp. 230-245
Published by: Middle East Institute
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/4330126
Page Count: 16
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Abstract

The Palestinian state remains an internationally endorsed project, yet an increasingly difficult one to implement. By analyzing the territorial, legal, and demographic developments that took place in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip over the past ten years, this article assesses the extent to which the prospective Palestinian state has become unattainable. A comparison between the South African apartheid experience and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is made to shed light on the ways in which the Palestinian territories are becoming analogous to Bantustans. While historical comparisons are never exact or prescriptive, they raise interesting parallels whose implications need to be considered, if not altered, in any attempt to materialize the project of viable Palestinian independence.

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