Fayyad Makes Demands in Herzliya Speech
Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad addressed the Herzliya Conference after Israel Defense Minister Ehud Barak, and firmly presented a list of demands, while saying that the PA would declare an independent state in mid-2011 in any case. Stating that those demands include Gaza, Judea, Samaria, East Jerusalem and contiguity of those areas, he emphasized that without East Jerusalem there can be no peace.
He did not mention Arab terror attacks on Jews but said that Israel must stop carrying out raids inside PA controlled territory.
He demanded a complete freeze of Jewish construction in settlements, and in eastern Jerusalem. "The Palestinian state must be built in the areas where the settlements are today,” he said. “The continued building worries us. One of the main ways to move forwards towards an implementation of the Road Map is by stopping Israel's infiltration into territories slated to be part of our state.” He said that the Palestinians cannnot have confidence in Israel's desire for peace if after a year of American diplomacy they are still building in the area, including East Jerusalem, which he said was part of Palestinian territory until 1967. He did not mention that these areas were part of the British mandate that had been illegally annexed by Jordan and that Jordan does not consider itself Palestinian territory, instead saying that the Palestinians only want 22% of historical Palestine. He did not elaborate on what "historical Palestine" means.
At the same time, he said, the PA should have “an official security presence” outside Areas A, where it is currently in charge of security. Prime Minister Netanyahu has stated that any Palestinian State would have to be unarmed and that Israel would need a security presence at the Jordan River.
Fayad spoke confidently and declared: "We want to be ready for a state which is about to be established, and we are ready to establish it by 2011. We are encouraged because we are working unilaterally and have made progress in creating an infrastructure in the past two years."