Title

Health Policy as Counterterrorism: Health Services and the Palestinians

Document Type

Article

Publication Title

Defence and Peace Economics

ISSN

1024-2694

Volume

16

Issue

5

DOI

10.1080/10242690500210831

First Page

364

Last Page

374

Publication Date

1-1-2005

Abstract

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.