The Palestinian economy faces many challenges, mainly represented by the Israeli occupation, where Israeli restrictions impede access to resources (land, water, electricity, information, cultural heritage, telecommunications, etc.), and reaching out to investment opportunities. It imposes an unjust siege on the Gaza Strip and isolates East Jerusalem from its surroundings, and works on defragmenting the unity and continuity of the Palestinian land and territory through systematic settlement policy. Due to unforunate occupation givens, the Palestinian economy depends heavily on Israel in terms of monetary policy, in providing sources of Palestinian inputs, and as an export market. These restrictions have led to distortions in the economic structure and the accompanying weakness in the productive sectors, including manufacturing, and the dominance of the service sector, not to mention its control over border crossings, customs revenues, and the flow of trade. Despite these challenges, Palestine seeks to find alternatives in order to overcome the limited natural resources through optimal and productive use of innovation, and to mitigate the impact of political instability through efficient marketing of investment opportunities available in the local market. Palestine seeks to utilize available opportunities and endorse strengths in a systematic manner, in accordance with a Palestinian development plan, and to benefit from the integration of the Palestinian economy with its Arab and regional surroundings to achieve economic independence.
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