On June 8 – 2015, Senior members of the RAND Corporation came to the Jerusalem Press Club to release their recent study: The Costs of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict. The study estimates the net costs and benefits over the next ten years of five alternative scenarios: a Two-state solution, coordinated unilateral withdrawal, uncoordinated unilateral withdrawal, non-violent resistance and violent uprising. In the case of two-state solution, the Israelis gain over three times more than the Palestinians – $123 billion versus $50 billion – but the Palestinians, because of their smaller economy, gain more proportionally: Average per capita income increase of 36 percent versus 5 percent for the average Israeli.
Dr. C. Ross Anthony, a senior economist and director of RAND’s Israeli-Palestinian Initiative (in the picture), delivered the main findings of the study.
For the executive summary of the study – click here.
For the press release – click here.
The study’s focus is based on the premise that RAND’s objective, fact-based approach might promote fruitful policy discussion. The overarching goal is to give all parties comprehensive, reliable information about available choices and their expected costs and consequences.