United States Policy Toward the Gaza Strip

Published in: The Crisis of the Gaza Strip: A Way Out (Tel Aviv, Institute for Security Studies, 2018), pages [165]-181

Posted on RAND.org on February 13, 2018

by Shira Efron, Ilan Goldenberg

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This paper reviews the evolution of US policy toward Gaza following Israel's disengagement in 2005. It discusses the effectiveness of the current US approach toward Gaza, and analyzes the key US interests, leverage, and limitations that pertain to the Strip. Finally, based on open-source materials and off the record conversations with former US officials across administrations, experts, and NGO staff working on Gaza, the paper recommends concrete short and long term policy options for the United States in Gaza.

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