Brent Scowcroft Center Distinguished Statesman Salam Fayyad writes for The Elders on the Palestinian path to statehood:

For Palestinians the quest for statehood begins with Gaza. But wait, is there still active regional or international interest in the cause of Palestinian statehood? I submit that whatever residual interest remains in the possibility of making yet another attempt at reviving the “peace process” finds expression these days largely in the phrase “let’s first see what March 17 brings”, with that being the date for the next Israeli elections.

I also argue that, irrespective of the outcome of those elections, all concerned, but especially Palestinians, will find themselves having to first deal with what arguably is the worst state of marginalisation, both regionally and internationally, to ever befall the quest for Palestinian statehood.

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