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State of Failure: Yasser Arafat, Mahmoud Abbas, and the Unmaking of the Palestinian State Hardcover – October 29, 2013
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I would recommend this book very highly to anyone who wishes to have a real insight as to what is going on within the Palestinian Arab political world.
The book asks some very important questions and comes to some remarkable conclusions. The book comes on the heels of the UN decision to grant Palestine a “non-member observer state” status.
The tagline of the book could simply be “follow the money”, as is true in all politics and is especially true in the small state. The author also claims that the Western world only encourages corruption and dysfunction by giving money to the Palestinian on the conditions of participating in the peace process & curbing violence while not considering conditions for a solid government and responsible economic infrastructure.
The author provides a good historical background of the Palestinian Authority (PA) and provides examples of how the leadership failed its people by not developing a political culture and infrastructure that could support startup state. While Mr. Schanzer does not absolve Israel of blame, he lays most of it at the feet of the United States and Europe who are, according to the narrative, major contributors to the failure.
The author counts numerous reasons for the failure, first and foremost is at the roots of the PA; a government organization which, in its core, was based on corruption, secrecy, deception and violence.Read more ›
Instead, the media, governments, and organizations, particularly the United Nations, for several self-serving, short-sighted reasons, ignored what was really going on with the Palestinian leaders and focus their attention on blaming Israel for most problems and propping up Yasser Arafat and Mahmoud Abbas instead of demanding that they actually demonstrate responsibility.
The chapters in STATE OF FAILURE are rather short for such an important topic. However, Jonathan Schanzer packs a lot of information into them. The thoroughly-referenced data provides a very concise history of why there is yet to be a Palestinian state even though it was supposed to be founded at the same time Israel was born.
He puts most of the blame on the Palestinian leaders, primarily Yasser Arafat, for being more focused on remaining in control and increasing their own net worth. By the time there was any demand for fiscal oversight, competently attempted by Salam Fayyad, billions of dollars had disappeared, mostly diverted by Arafat and his cronies.
Mahmoud Abbas who succeeded Arafat was thought to be the man to put things in order. Instead, he has turned into another dictator, enriching himself at the expense of his people.Read more ›
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Dr. Schanzer is one of the best and brightest minds to have delved into this issue. His clear description of the history and consequent recommendations are crucial to a viable... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Michael Kelley, Business Insider
Well-researched and well-cited, comprehensive and fair explanation of the possibilities and the failures of the Palestinian experiment. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Jitney Guy
A fine piece of work that clarifies all the history behind the rise of Abbas to power. He clings to it with high risks facing him. Arafat's contributions to civilization, e.g. Read morePublished on January 21, 2014 by David S. Most