Fayyad Plans PA State: Intl. Airport, Stronger Armed Forces
Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad is set to reveal his plan for the infrastructure and economy of a PA state in Judea, Samaria and Jerusalem. According to Reuters, the plan includes an international airport in the Jordan Valley, foreign investors, and stronger armed forces.
The plan also includes improving the PA economy and system of education, which currently rely almost entirely on foreign aid. “Our national duty demands that we should do whatever we can to get our economy out of the cycle of dependency and alienation,” Fayyad states.
The PA must have strong and well trained armed forces in order to fight terrorism, Fayyad argued.
While the plan lays out a relatively detailed set of goals, it does not explain how the PA will achieve them. However, the plan is still anticipated as a step forward for the PA, which has focused primarily on its demands in negotiations with Israel, and not on the infrastructure of the state it hopes to form.
Fayyad, whose background is in finance, was reappointed by PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas this year in the absence of PA elections. While he bears the title of prime minister, Abbas is the official head of the PA.
Fayyad called on the PA to work towards the goals set out in his plan immediately, but simultaneously accused Israel of thwarting any chance of PA success via the Jewish presence in Judea and Samaria. “The Israeli occupation is the only obstacle that hinders the stability, prosperity and the progress of our people,” he declared.
The plan will be officially unveiled on Tuesday.