Ramallah : The Palestinian people must see tangible evidence in the quality of their lives to have any faith in Israeil-Palestinian negotiations, said Quartet envoy Tony Blair.
Touring the city of Jenin Wednesday, he said improving security and economic conditions in Jenin is a step towards pushing peace ahead. The city recently experienced a heavy security presence.
Blair said he was visiting Jenin to listen up close to its people’s economic and social woes, adding that it was too early to form a firm opinion on the impact of security forces’ presence on life in the city.
If things go well in Jenin, Palestinian security tasks could also exist in other cities on the West Bank, he said.
Palestinian security forces had recently been deployed in Jenin as part of a security plan put in place by the government in Ramallah headed by Sallam Fayyad, with Israeli approval.
These forces, numbering 600, had taken their training in Jordan and were meant to keep law and order in Palestinian territories.