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A Collaborative Development Zone
for Israelis and Palestinians
Scholarly Edition (October, 2007)

William J. Hartnett

revised text and presentation, in color

136 pages, 115 footnotes, numerous figures

one hundred twenty dollars

includes the technical report 'Modeling Confrontation'

The historical stalemate is analyzed with a model of the confrontation, offered to help understand the past and begin to lay the groundwork for a new direction. The main text first discusses the underlying situation and then develops the policy proposal - a collaborative development zone based on a portfolio endowment policy developed at MIT. The collaborative development zone, or 'Green Belt', includes a necklace of enterprise parks centered along the Green Line. The portfolio endowment policy endows each Palestinian and Israeli with a financial instrument composed of a portfolio of Green Belt enterprises. The opportunities here include agriculture, branding, consultancies, cultural marketables, education, finance, health, international institutes, tourism, and utilities.

Topical excerpt: "This proposal is grounded in finance and in international law. It does not presume to prejudge the relative merits of freely arrived at one- or two-state resolutions. The polarity of the relationship is more important than the quantity of states. It is states which exist for the purpose of serving the interests of individuals, peoples and nations - not the reverse... The international community has a vital role in regularizing the Israeli / Palestinian situation in accordance with international law, but other countries have no right to usurp Israeli and Palestinian self-determination."

The genuine collaboration implicit in this proposal goes hand in hand with a reversal in polarity of the relationship between the two peoples. This would remove what is probably the biggest roadblock to genuine improvement in the quality of life for Israelis and Palestinians, where quality of life is taken to include the protection of core values and the enjoyment of both stable security and egalitarian economic development. With authentic leadership this policy proposal is a realistic choice for the two peoples, advancing self-determination and sustainable development.

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