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Senat Policy Papers: 1997
Further Redeployment of Israeli Forces in the West Bank

Senat #43, December 1997

ABSTRACT

According to the agreements signed between the Israeli government and the PLO, Israel has committed itself that powers and responsibilities relating to territory will be transferred gradually to Palestinian Jurisdiction that will cover West Bank and Gaza Strip territory, except for the issues that will be negotiated in the permanent status negotiations.

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The State of the Palestinian Economy after Oslo

Senat #42, December 1997

ABSTRACT

The Oslo Agreement and its economic counterpart, the Paris Agreement, aroused hopes for economic co-operation as well as accelerated growth and economic prosperity for the Palestinians. However, in reality, the opposite has occurred.

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Legislation Regarding Direct Election of Israel’s Prime Minister

Senat #39, December 1997

ABSTRACT

The governance structure currently in effect, resulting from the passage of legislation establishing direct election of the prime minister, was formulated as a compromise between the advocates of a presidential system and those supporting a parliamentary system. The legislation therefore contains elements of both.

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The Allon Plan and the Netanyahu’s Proposal

Senat #30, June 1997

ABSTRACT

During June 1997, the media reported the outlines of a proposal offered by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as a basis for the permanent settlement to be reached between Israel and the Palestinians. The program, presented during a Security Cabinet meeting, was referred to by Netanyahu as the Allon Plan - Plus. According to reports, the program entailed the creation of Jewish settlement clusters that would include the Greater Jerusalem area, especially Gush Etzion and Ma’ale Adumim, the entire Jordan Valley, large concentrations of settlements in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, the area along the perimeter of the Green Line, the network of roads constructed to bypass the Arabic villages and towns, and sources of water.

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Wage Earners from Foreign CountriesImplementation Recommendations of the Special Committee

Senat #27, June 1997

ABSTRACT

In response to the government decision (October 1996) to reduce the Israeli economy’s dependence on wage earners from foreign countries, a special ministerial committee was established to suggest ways to implement that decision. The primary recommendations made are presented in the following.

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From Dreams to Reality — Economic Facts about the Palestinian Economy

Senat #25, June 1997

ABSTRACT

When the World Bank first began talking about “developing the Occupied Territories” and investing “in peace” during the summer of 1993, it represented an unprecedented moment for the Palestinian people, a moment the offered Palestinians the opportunity to participate in devising their own development strategy. Following lengthy negotiations between the PLO, Israel, and the World Bank, a neo-liberal model of economic regeneration emerged. The model advocated an overall strategy of economic liberalization, coupled with minimum state intervention for the purpose of promoting private sector growth.

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After Hebron

Senat #15, March 1997

ABSTRACT

The withdrawal from Hebron, the transfer of civilian powers to the Palestinian Authority, and the redeployment of Israeli troops outside the city’s Arab neighborhoods do not cover the totality of Israel’s obligations regarding the redeployment of Israeli forces in the West Bank and Gaza, to be fulfilled within the framework of the Interim Agreement. The following stage, which involves three additional redeployments beyond the boundaries of the Palestinian Authority, constitutes a portion of the commitment made by Israel within the framework of the Interim Agreement of September 1995.

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The Implications of the Religious Conversion Law

Senat #12, June 1997

ABSTRACT

The Order of Religious Congregation (Conversion) provides the legal framework for the regulation of religious observance and affiliation in Israel. An individual who, after undergoing conversion from one religion to another, seeks legal recognition of that conversion, can receive a certificate confirming acceptance into the congregation from its official head or an appointed agent.

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