I just received an email from a leading public intellectual on US foreign policy who just returned from Israel and Palestine and reported that there were “construction cranes all over Ramallah.”
The source commented that Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad is getting something right. According to the source, he’s building up the state even before there is a State.
I worry that what goes up can be blown up either by those left out of the political equation inside the Palestinian scene or be blown up through Israel incursions, but I remain cautiously hopeful that the infrastructure and urban development continue.
On another front a friend from the American Task Force on Palestine alerted me to this new resource for those interested in documents and materials related to Palestine state-building. This is the link.
— Steve Clemons