The Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories since 1967 has many important economic aspects that are often overlooked. In this highly original book, Shir Hever shows that understanding the economic dimensions of the occupation is crucial to unravelling the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Hever rejects the premise that Israel keeps control over Palestinian territories for material gain, and also the premise that Israel is merely defending itself from Palestinian aggression. Instead, he argues that the occupation has reached an impasse, with the Palestinian resistance making exploitation of the Palestinians by Israeli business interests difficult, but the Israeli authorities reluctant to give up control.
With traditional economic analysis failing to explain this turn of events, this book will be invaluable for students, activists and journalists struggling to make sense of the complex issues surrounding Israel's occupation.
Shir Hever is an economic researcher based at the Alternative Information Centre in Jerusalem. He is the author of The Privatisation of Israeli Security (Pluto, 2017) and The Political Economy of Israel's Occupation (Pluto, 2010).
Acknowledgements Preface Part I Introduction 1. Background on the Palestinian Economy Part II: Selected Topics in the Economy of the Occupation 2. International Aid 3. Inflation in the OPT 4. Economic Cost of the Occupation to Israel 5. Trends in the Israeli Economy 6. Case Study: The Wall in Jerusalem Part III: Implications of the Economy of the Occupation 7. Beyond Exploitation Chapter 8 - Theoretical Analysis and Binationalism Conclusion Bibliography Index