New Article: Wilson, Makovsky’s Border Proposal and Palestinian Needs

Wilson, Andrew M. “An Analysis of Makovsky’s Border Proposal in Light of Palestinian Needs.” Digest of Middle East Studies 23.2 (2014): 215-34.





The border proposal of David Makovsky, who, served as an advisor to Martin Indyk during the recent Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, is analyzed from the standpoint of viable contiguity — the degree to which the border, particularly where there is Israeli annexation of settlement blocs, offers provision for access, living space, and transportation infrastructure for the Palestinian population in adjacent areas. While at some locales his proposed border improves contiguity for Palestinians compared with the current situation unilaterally imposed by Israel, more attention needs to be given to the ways it would adversely affect the quality of life of the Palestinian population in the cities and villages adjacent to those settlement blocs. This leads to the suggestion that a more comprehensive solution to border issues will feature the establishment of joint economic zones and binational administrative authorities, which can manage the entanglement of roads and populations in ways that will maximize the potential for economic development.

Webinar: David Makovsky, Israel: On the Ground, Sep 23, 2014

Israel: On the Ground

This summer saw an intense escalation in the conflict between Israel and Hamas and increased turmoil across the Middle East. Join former State Department special advisor and Middle East diplomacy expert, David Makovsky, for a special analysis of these events, their implications for Israel and the region and an important look at the road ahead.

Topic: Israel: On the Ground

Date: Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Time: 12:00PM EST – 1:00PM EST

Moderator: Lisa Eisen, National Director, Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation

Featured Presenter:

  • David Makovsky, Ziegler Distinguished Fellow, The Washington Institute for Near East Policy

Learn more about our featured presenter here.