Fayyad: Plan for Palestinian state by 2011
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Fayyad: Plan for Palestinian state by 2011

JERUSALEM (JTA) — The Palestinian Authority prime minister announced a plan to create a de facto Palestinian state in two years.

The blueprint for a Palestinian state, which Salam Fayyad described on Tuesday in Ramallah, includes plans to end the Palestinian economy’s dependence on Israel, unify the legal system and downsize the government. The plan also involves building infrastructure, harnessing natural energy sources and water, and improving housing, education, and agriculture.

Fayyad told the Times of London that he made the plan public in order to “end the occupation, despite the occupation.”

“We have decided to be proactive, to expedite the end of the occupation by working very hard to build positive facts on the ground, consistent with having our state emerge as a fact that cannot be ignored. This is our agenda, and we want to pursue it doggedly,” he told the Times.