Sunday, October 30, 2011

Palestine's Salam Fayyad: "We have been trying to do the very best we can."

"... Again, ladies and gentlemen, we have been trying to do the very best we can. I started my remarks by saying something about the importance of showing up, on the strength of what we have been able to do with your help and support. I think we have managed to show up and get to the point where we are able to say, "here we are, we have delivered, we are ready for statehood, is the world ready for us?" I think we are going to get there. There is just no question in my mind that it is only a matter of time before this Israeli occupation ends. It will end, not only because it is oppressive to us, but also because it is corrosive to the Israelis. This is not sustainable, it cannot but end. I think, along the way to getting there, this will continue to require and demand the resources and energy on the part of all of you, here and outside of this hall.

We continue to look to you, the Arab-American community—and if I may be more specific tonight, the Palestinian-American community—to continue to serve as the important bridge to this great nation that is the United States. We definitely look to you to continue to contribute to the brilliance and greatness of this nation. And as you do, no doubt, you will be projecting the true face of Palestine." Salam Fayyad of Palestine

Remarks by Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad at the Sixth Annual Gala on October 19, 2011

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