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Make the Palestinian state an essential fact on the ground

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Ziad Asali
September 9, 2009

The Palestinian prime minister Salam Fayyad’s blueprint for what he has called “de facto Palestinian statehood” offers a new and important element to the quest for peace in the Middle East.

Peace between Israel and the Palestinians hinges on recognition and security for Israel and freedom and independence for a Palestinian state. Mr Fayyad’s model emphasises the importance of the reality of the Palestinian state as a functioning entity, irrespective of international recognition and grand diplomatic gestures. By doing so, Mr Fayyad challenges the sole reliance on political and rhetorical tools of diplomacy and international recognition, the traditional path through which Palestinians have sought statehood. Mr Fayyad is saying that if Palestinians build governing and civil society institutions, Palestine can become a state in reality, whether negotiations are moving forward or not. Palestine will be a fait accompli, rather than a distant aspiration. If you build it, the state will come.

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Written by crimethink3r

September 9, 2009 at 11:36 pm

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