West Bank

Helping Palestinians was an uphill battle for USAID chief

After 11 years of helping oversee the U.S. government's aid efforts to lay the foundations for a future Palestinian state, the outgoing chief of the U.S. Agency for International Development mission in the West Bank and Gaza Strip is unsure whether that vision has inched any closer to reality.

"It's frustrating. It's definitely frustrating," said Dave Harden, who is leaving his post on Friday and returning to Washington to become an assistant administrator of USAID.

"Frustrating" is a word Harden said repeatedly in an interview with The Associated Press. During his tenure, he saw three U.S. envoys attempt, and fail, to advance the cause of peace. He...