The Ramallah miracle: Is Palestine ready for independence?

From the top of the soon-to-be-completed Palestine Trade Tower, you can see right across Israel, past Tel Aviv to the Mediterranean Sea. It’s a spectacular view and quite unexpected.

How did the Palestinians, a struggling nation under occupation, manage to build a 29-storey luxury office and hotel tower? This one, with façades of Omani and Chinese marble, a three-floor shopping mall and four levels of underground parking, looks as if it could be in Toronto or Dubai, but not in the occupied West Bank.

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