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The Erez and Gaza Industrial Estates: Catalysts for Development

EWI Contact: Benjamin Sturtewagen
Publication Series: Papers
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Economic development in the Palestinian areas is a key to progress and eventual success in the peace process. Without the creation of jobs and the renewal of hope resulting from economic progress, peace will remain unattainable. The establishment of the right conditions for economic development is the real challenge for the Government of Israel, in order to prove that it is serious in its commitment to withdraw. Only access to the outside world can give the Palestinians a real opportunity to take responsibility for their own future. It is thus vital for both Israelis and Palestinians that disengagement succeeds in this respect, allowing for economic improvement in Gaza and the West Bank. This paper provides an in-depth discussion of the industrial parks as catalysts for economic development.