This is a vision of the future Arab state as set out by a $2m study by one of America’s most prestigious think-tanks.

It’s a futuristic concept as stunning as it is implausible, under present conditions. A Palestinian businessman on the way to a meeting in Cairo steps on to a train at a clean, modern rail station in the northern West Bank city of Jenin – no longer ravaged by bloody conflict but peacefully booming with private-sector office and apartment construction.

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