November 21, 2007


Palestinians spell out their vision of the future in peace blueprint (Donald Macintyre, 21 November 2007, Independent)

Sweeping security, fiscal and political reforms are promised in the most detailed blueprint for the creation of a Palestinian state yet drawn up by the emergency government headed by Prime Minister Salam Fayad.

The reform programme to help reverse the "tragic history" of the seven years since the collapse of the Camp David talks and the beginning of the intifada is contained in the 33-page draft of a document which will be presented to the international donors' conference in Paris next month. The confidential draft is the most concerted effort yet by the Western-backed administration loyal to the Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, to demonstrate that it can develop the capacity to run the independent state in the West Bank and Gaza envisaged in the negotiations due to be kick-started by the international summit in Annapolis, Maryland, next week. The US started issuing formal invitations to the summit last night.

The plan, intended for endorsement by the subsequent French-hosted donors conference to be co-hosted by the international Middle East envoy Tony Blair, is intended to go hand in hand with a peace process and a progressive easing of Israeli checkpoints and closures to allow an urgently required revival of the Palestinian private sector. It pledges this part of the economy will be "thriving" and "open to markets around the world".

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 21, 2007 8:00 AM

Hamas may 'inherit' such largesse, but they have no interest in it. They will outdo even Arafat in snatching oppression from the jaws of opportunity.

A free and thriving market means two things (for Gaza): no time for terror, and lots of trade with Israel. Hamas won't bite - they love the terror, both internal and external, too much.

Posted by: ratbert at November 22, 2007 12:41 AM

What terror? Since Hamas won there's been none.

Posted by: oj at November 22, 2007 7:48 AM