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SUBJECT: FAYYAD TO DONORS: ISRAEL "GROSSLY UNDERMINING" PA
Classified By: Consul General Jake Walles, Reasons 1.4 (b) and (d)
1. (SBU) Summary. PM Fayyad used the final Ramallah
gathering of donors before the May 2 AHLC meeting to argue
that the GOI has not met its commitments to improve access
and movement in the West Bank. At the same time, he said,
the IDF's continued security operations undermine his efforts
to deploy PA security forces (PASF) to improve law and order
in the West Bank. Fayyad condemned Hamas' recent terror
attacks on the Gaza crossing points and said the situation
would be reversed only by re-opening the crossings under PA
control. End Summary.
GOI has "not shown up"
2. (SBU) On April 24, Palestinian Authority (PA) Prime
Minister Salam Fayyad told donor representatives in Ramallah
that the upcoming Ad Hoc Liaison Committee (AHLC) needs to
address Israel's "failure" meet the commitments it made at
last September's AHLC in New York. Where the PA and the
donor community had "by and large" met their obligations to
undertake meaningful fiscal reform and provide substantial
budget assistance, respectively, the GOI, he said, had done
"nothing to little" to ease access and movement in the West
3. (SBU) Fayyad said that the effort started in New York,
Annapolis and Paris "has three legs, and cannot stand on two
alone." He said that in this "tripartite framework of
accountability," increased donor funding in 2008 is
substituting for private sector-led growth that can only
occur with fewer restrictions on access and movement. Fayyad
said the GOI is "the one party that has not shown up." "This
point should be made at the AHLC," he urged.
4. (SBU) Fayyad told donors that the recent GOI removal of
roadblocks was "insignificant" and took place "mostly on
backroads." The impact of the removal for Palestinians, he
said, "did not come close" to the publicity surrounding the
announcement. Fayyad explained that he is frustrated by the
PA's inability to make any progress on movement and access
issues with the GOI. "So we will talk about other things,"
he said. The PA's priorities, he told donors, are to address
Israel's "noncompliance" with its Roadmap commitments on
settlements and security issues, including the situation in
IDF Raids in the West Bank
Undermine PA Credibility
5. (SBU) Fayyad said that the GOI's security actions in the
West Bank "grossly undermine" the PA's efforts to improve
security. IDF raids, he claimed, undermine the credibility
of PA security services in the eyes of Palestinians and, if
continued, will prevent the PA from fully assuming its
Opening the crossings only way
to break Gaza's cycle of violence
6. (SBU) Fayyad also told donors that the PA intended to use
the AHLC to advance its proposal to re-open Gaza crossings.
He condemned Hamas, recent attacks on the Nahal Oz and Kerem
Shalom crossing points "in the strongest terms." He
suggested that the international community needs to give
Gazans "something to lose" in order to break out of the
"negative dynamic." The only thing that will work, he
claimed, is to re-open the crossing points under PA control.
7. (C) In closing, Fayyad told donors that he had "a very
negative assessment" on the status of negotiations and on the
prospects for implementation of the Roadmap. "I increasingly
see us as in a corner," he said. Following this bleak
assessment, the informal reaction among donors and
international organization representatives who were in
Fayyad's audience was that the AHLC should be used to press
Israel on both access and movement and Gaza.
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