Prospects look rosy at first glance: the dream has finally come
true. Arafat is in Gaza, the Palestinian National Authority (PNA)
is already functioning, and the performance of the Palestinian
police has surpassed everyone's expectations.
But, it is premature to take a deep breath and to sit back and
relax. Indeed, the challenges that still lie ahead are enormous and
remind one of the saying: art is long; life is short. Many
contentious issues have yet to be dealt with in the negotiations,
such as the question of Jerusalem, the Jewish settlements, the
refugee problem and the final status of the occupied Palestinian
land, in addition to the multitude of other problems that have to
be addressed at the present stage.
One major problem facing the PNA for the moment is financial: money
is needed to enable it to function properly and effectively. Money
is also needed for the running cost of all services and
administrations, for investments in development projects in Gaza
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