At the end of a year of epochal and largely unforeseen change in the Arab World, Prince El Hassan bin Talal of Jordan gives his personal view of what the region now needs to ensure that this change is both sustainable and meaningfulMore
Prince El Hassan bin Talal of Jordan asks how Americans and Middle Easterners can move past a decade scarred by 9/11 and the subsequent "war on terror" to embrace the new spirit of cooperation embodied by the Arab SpringMore
Rawabi (″the hills″ in Arabic) – vision of Nablus-born entrepreneur and billionaire Bashar al-Masri – is the first planned Palestinian city and the largest private sector project in Palestinian history. Mockingly referred to by some as ″the first Palestinian settlement", Rawabi is not without its critics, who argue it merely serves to sugarcoat the Israeli occupation.
The development has also faced difficulties connecting to the water supply: infrastructure had to be built across Area C, the 60 percent of the West Bank under Israeli civil and security control – the necessary permits were eventually granted, but the main access road remains unauthorised. By Ylenia Gostoli