The Palestinian Arabs believe they must build a state separate from Israel in the ancient Jewish lands of Judea and Samaria. Sadly, most have been taught that to build that state they should kill as many Jews as possible until the world hands them a ready-made country with perpetual international financial backing. But some Palestinians, like Bashar Masri, know that if their nationalistic goals are to be realized in any meaningful way, they, like the Jews of Israel, will have to work for it.
Thanks to a top Western education and a keen business sense, Masri has built up a veritable empire since returning to the Palestinian-controlled territories following the peace treaty with Israel in 1994. Now he is looking to give back by building an entire city. Israel Today spoke to Masri about progress on the planned city of Rawabi, and the cooperation and support he has gotten from Israel.