Delivery Capability

This concept refers to a political entity that for a particular objective and context, has Carrying Capacity and/or Responsibility.


The concept of Delivery Capability refers to a political entity that – for a particular objective and context – has Carrying Capacity and/or Responsibility.

The Reut Institute distinguishes between an entity that possesses Delivery Capability and a Partner, in that a Partner possesses Delivery Capability and also has "Will" and Legitimacy to pursue a shared political goal.


The issues of whether Israel has a Partner and under what conditions Israel should negotiate with the Palestinians have been recurring themes in Israeli-Palestinian relations.

Factual input about Palestinian statements, decisions or actions provide insufficient value to Israeli decision-makers when they consider whether to engage the other party through negotiations in an Across-the-Table Strategy, as opposed to pursuing an Off-the-Table Strategy.

The Re'ut Institute offers a set of concepts and analysis that aspires to provide Israeli decision-makers with a conceptual framework in this regard (See the document: What Makes an Israeli-Palestinian Partner ship?).

The concept of Delivery Capability is founded on the two concepts of Carrying Capacity and Responsibility as follows:

  • Carrying Capacity – this concept refers to a party's ability to implement policies it wishes to pursue. It includes the following components:
  1. Material – availability of human, financial and other physical resources;
  2. Political – capacity of the top executive to stay in power, forge coalitions to pass decisions and required legislation,
  3. Constitutional and Judicial – capacity to ratify decisions of the executive branch and legislation in the judicial and constitutional institutions;
  4. Institutional - capacity of branches of government to coordinate planning, decision - making and implementation of policies;
  • Responsibility – This concept refers to duties of political entities arising from agreements or from international customs, norms and law.

For example,

  1. There has been a debate whether the Palestinian Authority has the Carrying Capacity to confront the radical factions and therefore has Delivery Capability. This debate focused on the material component (and Legitimacy) of the concept of Carrying Capacity, i.e. whether the PA has human resources to reign in Hamas and Islamic Jihad.
  2. There has been an internal Palestinian debate over whether the PA or the PLO is Responsible for conducting Palestinian foreign relations and therefore entitled to appoint ambassadors.1 This issue is significant to Israel as well, as it may impact which of the two entities will have the Delivery Capability for future negotiations.

1 Regular, Ha'aretz, 1/5/05 (in Hebrew).