This Is a Step Toward a Palestinian State

Q. You've signed a peace agreement with Israel. What now?

A. We face very difficult problems. We start from zero. The infrastructure of Gaza has been destroyed. We need help, not only from our brothers and friends but also from those who want real peace in this area. Peace is a Palestinian need, but it is also an Israeli, an American, a Russian and an Arab need. Every power in the world has a strategic interest in this area because it has so much oil.

I am very optimistic. I was touched by President Clinton's kindness and generosity and by the...

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