Palestinian PM ploughs way for Obama success
Part of Mr Fayyad's appeal springs from his vow to declare a Palestinian state in two years if there is no progress
IS this the first, slender success of US President Barack Obama's Middle East strategy? Yesterday, it seemed that George Mitchell, Mr Obama's special envoy, might finally have cleared the way for indirect talks between Israelis and Palestinians after 15 months of deadlock and a month in which the US and Israel have clashed on the way ahead.
If it proves a breakthrough, Western diplomats will give some credit to Salam Fayyad, the Palestinian Prime Minister, for pressing ahead with building the security and economy of a new state.