A Palestinian peace partner for Israel may be taking shape again.
The key to this rebirth was the recruitment, training and deployment of four battalions of new Palestinian National Security Forces.
[Thus does Thomas Friedman bless the Dayton-led forces as the key to peace. Then he does call for:] quicker negotiations on the contours of a Palestinian state. “Our people need to see we are governing ourselves and are not simply subcontractors for Israeli security,” Prime Minister Fayyad told me.
[Friedman concludes cryptically:] Hamas and Gaza can join later. Don’t wait for them. If we build it, they will come.