Salam Fayyad and The Independent: Collective Amnesia


The Independent breaks out the violins in an interview with Salam Fayyad.

Yes, the Arab Spring and Iranian nuclear threat are forcing the Palestinians to learn that the world really doesn’t revolve around them. And yes, Fayad’s nation-building campaign is undermined by the Palestinian economy’s hyper-dependence on foreign aid — an uncomfortable truth raised by the World Bank and now by UN diplomats.

But in their collective amnesia, neither Fayyad nor reporter Donald Macintyre mentioned Israeli efforts help the financially strapped PA: most notably an unprecedented attempt by Jerusalem to arrange a $100 million IMF loan for the PA.

For Palestinian fundraising and the Indy’s newsstand sales, “the occupation” narrative is much more compelling.

(Image of Fayyad via Flickr/US Embassy Tel Aviv)

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