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U.S. recognition of Palestine would heighten tensions, spur violence

...Palestinian government that much more important to each faction. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Prime Minister Salam Fayyad are making commendable progress in building such essential features of a future state as courts, schools, and infrastructure...

http://www.juneauempire.com/stories/122410/opi_761108488.shtml
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Palestinian ploy would push Israel to the edge of destruction

...government has worked with Israel to improve significantly security in Israel and the West Bank, while PA Prime Minister Salam Fayyad has spearheaded efforts to build the thriving West Bank economy that has grown dramatically in recent years, expanded...

http://juneauempire.com/opinion/2011-05-26/palestinian-ploy-would-push-israel-ed
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State 194

Now Playing Synopsis: After decades of ongoing strife between Israel and Palestine, many observers believe the only reasonable solution for peace is for the two peoples to have two separate states, and in 2009, Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad began promoting a campaign that would see Palestine recognized as a state by the United Nations. Fayyad sought to set aside divisiveness and instead asked Palestinians to imagine what sort of a state they would want, and then take concrete steps towards making it a reality. Fayyad's campaign, which he freely admitted was inspired by the program that led to the U.S.'s recognition of Israel in 1949, earned the respect of a number of international leaders and helped establish a common ground between many activists in the Middle East, but the plan fell short of its goals. Filmmaker Dan Setton profiles Salam Fayyad and chronicles his efforts to bring Palestine to the United Nations in the documentary State 194. The film was an official selection at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi Cast: Salam Fayyad, Asfa Mahmoud, Madj Biltaji, Mahmoud El-Mandawi Movie Details Play Trailer Buy Tickets Movie Review

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