Forward Thinking

Is Fayyad On His Way Out?

By Jane Eisner

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Prime Minister Salam Fayyad

Is Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad on his way out? Jonathan Tobin certainly seems to think so. In a blog post for Commentary, where he is the editor, he posits that Fayyad’s approach to governance and to foreign affairs places him outside the Palestinian mainstream.

Citing Fayyad’s comments in an interview with the Jewish Chronicle of London, Tobin writes, “With this sort of a platform, he’d probably have an easier time getting elected to the Knesset than to the Palestinian parliament.”

Trouble is, Tobin offers no evidence of Fayyad’s unpopularity among his people and in fact, recent polling shows the opposite.

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Palestinian P.M. Backs Bank of Israel Chief for IMF Post

By J.J. Goldberg

Haaretz reports that the Palestinian Authority prime minister, Salam Fayyad, is endorsing the governor of the Bank of Israel, Stanley Fischer, to be the next managing director of the International Monetary Fund.

Fayyad says Fischer would make a “great managing director” for the world financial body and that he is a “superb human being.”

The P,A, does not participate in the selection process, but Fayyad said if he had a vote, he would cast it for Fischer.

Fayyad, an economist trained in the United States and former senior IMF official, told The Associated Press on Sunday that he has known Fischer for two decades, since the two worked together at the IMF.

Fischer’s main advantage is that the two leading candidates, Christine Lagarde of France and Agustin Carstens, are generally unappealing. His main snag (though not the only one) is the likely opposition of Arab countries. Could this make a difference? Maybe.

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