The cartography of autonomous Palestine, as it has been forming since the peace process, appears to be designed for failure. A sovereign state consisting of fragmented territorial units harbors serious obstacles to effective governance. The national boundaries of such a state alone pose a major challenge in terms of internal and external security, national unity, trade, resource allocation, transportation/mobility, and socioeconomic development. Moreover, these challenges are immensely magnified relative to a newly independent, underdeveloped state, as seen in historical examples. This article analyzes the (non)governance of divided territories, drawing on the analogy of divided Pakistan. The case of East Pakistan/Bangladesh serves as an example of the difficulties embodied in governing geographically separated territories. This article proposes that autonomous Palestine is seemingly at risk of making similar mistakes in attempting to govern divided territories.

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