chapter  8
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Economic Discourses and the Construction of Borders in the Israeli Palestinian Space since the 1967 Occupation

The military control of Palestinian borders aiming to supervise the movement of people, commodities, capital and explosives has been the major question in the construction of the Israeli domination regime in the West Bank (WB) and Gaza Strip (GS) since June 1967. Despite the dominant security discourse and legitimization, I will argue here that the economic interests have been of dominant importance. The pattern of domination established in 1967-a captive market incorrectly called a “customs union”—has suffered significant changes since its formal Palestinian legitimization by the “Paris protocol” on May 1994, and since then it has deteriorated into a structurally unstable regime that I have proposed to call a “strangling envelope” (Grinberg 2007a).