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Health Policy As Counter-Terrorism: Health Services And The Palestinians

  • Peter Hilsenrath

Counter-terrorism and health policies converge in the complex world of Middle East politics. Hamas, labeled a terrorist organization by Israel, the United States and Europe, is also a major participant in the health sector of the�Gaza Strip and West Bank. Hamas gains important legitimacy and political support with its social services. Palestinian policies directed at these services can be part of a counter-terrorism strategy as long as violence is part of the Hamas agenda. This paper describes the Palestinian health sector using cross-sectional bivariate regressions. It then discusses the role of stronger public institutions to help thwart terrorism and promote peace and prosperity in the region.

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Article provided by Taylor & Francis Journals in its journal Defence and Peace Economics.

Volume (Year): 16 (2005)
Issue (Month): 5 ()
Pages: 365-374

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Handle: RePEc:taf:defpea:v:16:y:2005:i:5:p:365-374
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