No, nothing about the stupid Israeli raid.  The news is that the West Bank is prospering under a new prime minister, Salam Fayyad.  Ramallah is getting fancy new buildings, the economy is growing at 7% a year, and the security forces are becoming trained police.

http://www.slate.com/id/2255903/

Fayyad has probably done more for the Palestinian people in two years than Arafat did in forty.  Terrorism was a dead end and Arafat never bothered to actually govern.  Fayyad is very consciously laying down the foundations for a Palestinian state, and his non-violent methods go down well with the Israelis.  (Not that he eschews strong political gestures; he’s backing a boycott of settler businesses– another clever idea.)

After years of news stories about how we wouldn’t see progress in this area for decades, this was a very refreshing story.

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