For me, some of Fayyad's comments might underestimate the complexity of the conflict and provoke hopeful visions for a Palestinian state. The latter is good to hope and look for the better employing this diplomatics mental model and the endeavor to build the basis of a state. But about underestimating the complexity of the conflict, Fayyad might need to rethink some of his ideas. By calling Israelis to go for hilltops and vacant space, he's just being humorous since this absolutely unacceptable by religious and extremist jews. The conflict is not about "housing" problems. Jews have lots of beliefs rooted in their religion such as the promised land, and when they refer to westbank as Juda and Samaria. HOWEVER, when I read this, I see the gap between hopeful Palestinian leadership and lets say complex-minded Israeli leadership such as Bibi, and Liberman. This shift in the mental models is a good sign for Pals to look forward; this is the kind of leadership we want.
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from the article: Palestinian PM to Haaretz: We will have a state next year