An Analysis of the Impacts of the First Palestinian Uprising (Intifada) on the Israeli Economy

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Baycar H., Atar E.

İmgelem, vol.5, no.9, pp.565-578, 2021 (Refereed Journals of Other Institutions)

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 5 Issue: 9
  • Publication Date: 2021
  • Doi Number: 10.53791/imgelem.988280
  • Title of Journal : İmgelem
  • Page Numbers: pp.565-578


The Palestinian uprisings, Intifada, is one of the crucial milestones in the Palestinian-Israeli dispute. The first Intifada began in 1987 and ended (at least at the official level) in 1993 with Oslo Accords. The six years of protests affected both Israeli and Palestinian parts. In addition to the international area's criticism for Israel's brutal response, Israel's economy was also affected severely. Even though many Palestinians still criticize the Palestinian Authority for undermining the result of this series of protests, some argue that Oslo Accords are a significant gain for the Palestinians. Without concluding whether the negotiations went well, or Oslo Accords were a gain or a loss, this study argues that the economic aspect of protests was a factor behind the decision which led the Israeli part to negotiate and agree with Palestine. This study examines direct and indirect factors, such as the cost of general strikes, a boycott of goods, refusing to pay tax, and the rise in military expenditure.

Keywords: First Intifada, Oslo Accords, Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, Israel Economy.