An Examination of options for strengthening infrastructure ina potential future independent Palestinian state.
This RAND study presents a prospective plan for the building of transport and other vital infrastructure for a prospective Palestinian state consisting of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. The plan is based on the concept of a linking arc connecting the major urban areas of Palestine from Jenin in the northern West Bank, southward through Nablus, Ramallah, Bethlehem, and Hebron, to Gaza via a corridor through southern Israel. With text, maps, and other graphics, the report details the physical structures of the arc, based on the vision of Palestinian society located in high-density urban areas that can accommodate the repatriation of refugees. It also presents an analysis of the costs and benefits of the infrastructure and a consideration of the sociopolitical challenges to building such an infrastructure. The DVD contains a companion multimedia presentation. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)