2007 marks the 40th year that Israel’s military has controlled the west bank. In the last year, things have gone from bad to worse in the Palestinian territories. Poverty and unemployment are up, while the quality of healthcare and education has declined. Meantime, deadly gun battles have erupted between secular and islamist factions. Recently, WFCR’s Av Harris spoke with Ambassador Afif Saffiyeh, the top PLO diplomat based in Washington, D.C.