Op-Ed Columnist – Green Shoots in Palestine II – NYTimes.com

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.

via Op-Ed Columnist – Green Shoots in Palestine II – NYTimes.com.

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