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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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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Trade (October 29, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1137278242
  • ISBN-13: 978-1137278241
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.4 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #267,880 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'In State of Failure, Jonathan Schanzer, an academic specialising in the issue of Palestine, provides a burst of bracing realism...he outlines proposals for reforms that are indispensable if the Palestinians are ever to have a state. Even in a hard-headed analyst, then, hope triumphs over experience' - Standpoint "An essential read for any policy-maker and observer who wants a clear picture of the problems within Palestinian society today" - Jerusalem Post

About the Author

Jonathan Schanzer is the vice president for research at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and the author of Hamas vs. Fatah. He previously worked at the U.S. Department of the Treasury, the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, the Jewish Policy Center, and the Middle East Forum. Schanzer has testified before Congress and appeared on Fox News, CNN, and Arabic language television channels including al-Jazeera.


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Dr. Schanzer is one of the best and brightest minds to have delved into this issue.
Michael Kelley, Business Insider
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.
Shalom Freedman
The book comes on the heels of the UN deci­sion to grant Pales­tine a “non-member observer state” status.
Man of La Book

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This book tells the story of the Palestinian Arab's failed leadership and governance. It examines the present day leadership of Mohammed Abbas who has proven corrupt in his way as Yassar Arafat was in his. It tells how the world media, and even the scholarship on the Middle East has failed to properly cover the story of Palestinian politics. It focuses on the PLO and Fatah and not on Hamas'ruled Gaza. It is not without its criticism of Israel for the Palestinian failure but does shift the focus of responsibility to the Palestinians themselves. It shows how the failure of governance has meant that a society and people which has had more attention, and support from the world community than perhaps any other still is unable to get its own house- in- order. And it argues without that happening without there being an honest and responsible Palestinian leadership and citizenry no real Peace Process is possible.
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.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Man of La Book on December 5, 2013
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State of Fail­ure: Yasser Arafat, Mah­moud Abbas, and the Unmak­ing of the Pales­tin­ian State by Jonathan Schanzer is a non-fiction book which exam­ines if the Pales­tin­ian peo­ple have cre­ated the infra­struc­ture for an inde­pen­dent state. Mr. Shanzer is cur­rently a vice pres­i­dent of research for the Foun­da­tion for Defense of Democ­ra­cies and served as a coun­tert­er­ror­ism ana­lyst at the U.S. Depart­ment of the Treasury.

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.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Judie Amsel on December 14, 2013
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If the news media and world governments and organizations had been doing their jobs correctly, one of two things would have happened: The information revealed in STATE OF FAILURE would not be unknown to most people and/or the problems might not have reached the state they did. In either case, the lives of the Palestinian people in the West Bank and Gaza would much better and there may have been an independent, viable Palestinian state decades ago.
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.
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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 Palestinian state.

Michael Kelley
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