20.10.2012 analysis by Molad

Introducing Project Paris

Molad returns to the Paris Protocol, the Annex to the Oslo Accords outlining economic relations between Israel and the Palestinians, and examines its implications for today
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As the Oslo Accords enter the 20th century, Molad returns to examine their history and seeks to determine the relevance these interim agreements as a permanent reality. The world economic crisis and the economic protest PA we open the discussion in the Paris Protocol, an economic Annex of the Oslo Accords. Against the backdrop of the world economic crisis as well as that of the Palestinian Authority, we are opening the discussion on the Paris Protocols, the economic Annex of the Oslo Accords.

The Protocol, signed in April 1994, established that the Palestinian Authority and Israel would act under a single "customs envelope", i.e. Israel will collect customs tax for the Palestinians at all borders, even those controlled by the Palestinian Authority. At the time of the signing, it had not yet been determined whether the Palestinian Authority would be turned into an independent state or given some lesser status, and under this framework the PA was not allowed to develop economic independence (such as its own currency or central bank)Over the years, this agreement has often been used as leverage; when Israel was plagued by terror attacks, Oslo enabled the government to halt the transfer of customs tax to the Palestinian Authority. Over the next few weeks, various people who were involved in the drafting and implementation of the agreement will weigh in on the Palestinain economic reality today.

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