“The Palestinian leadership has returned to the venue of the United Nations and the international community to rebound from the failed Oslo peace process. They have embarked on getting third states to recognize the State of Palestine, while at the same time using the newly-acquired toolbox of statehood to hold Israel accountable for its continued military occupation. Is this high-profile international effort a negotiating tactic to better their hand at the negotiating table or a totally new strategy to gain freedom and independence?” – Sam Bahour
Today we spoke with Sam Bahour, a prominent Palestinian-American based in Al Bireh/Ramallah, Palestine who relocated with his family to Palestine, from the United States in 1995, to assist in the building of a future Palestinian state. He has been instrumental in a variety of state-building projects, including: the Arab Palestinian Investment Company, Palestine Telecommunications Company, Applied Information Management, and the Arab Palestinian Shopping Centers. In addition, Sam is a regular political commentator and writer.
I have spent my entire life hearing the mantra of “there is no partner on the Palestinian side.” Of course, this is not true. This conversation demonstrates how much there is to gain from a negotiated settlement. There are partners on the Palestinian side who are willing to make sacrifices despite having done so for decades. It is up to us to empower voices like this.
This talk is not to be missed.