Salam Fayyad, prime minister of the Palestinian National Authority, speaks at the New America Foundation. (photo: New America Foundation)
The New America Foundation’s American Strategies Program and the Palestinian Note hosted Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad for a discussion of his state-building agenda in the West Bank, which he hopes will bring about the end of the Israeli occupation. Fayyad’s plan has reached its half-way mark and so far, has created stronger underpinnings for the political process in Palestine. Fayyad spoke passionately about the strong sense of self-empowerment and perception of possibility that these programs have brought about in Palestine. He said: “That’s part of this transformative power, as indeed we move along this path to freedom, transforming Palestinian statehood from the realm of the concept – the abstract concept into something that as totally as possible and then ultimately, I hope, that will rendezvous with freedom, the reality of statehood – Palestine in the form of strong, competent institutions of government.”
Although generally positive in his outlook of the future of Palestinian statehood, Fayyad summarized his view of the current round of peace talks from the Palestinian perspective on the ground with a sense of hesitancy, as approaching the final turn toward a long-stretch to freedom.
You can access the full transcript of the event here.