Palestinians are outraged with Trump's 'Peace plan' for the Middle East

Cornelia Mascio
Giugno 25, 2019

The White House, which compares the proposal to the Marshall Plan, calls for the creation of a million jobs for Palestinians and the construction of trade routes connecting Gaza and the West Bank, at a cost of $27.5 billion.

"What we have developed is the most comprehensive economic plan ever created specifically for the Palestinians and the broader Middle East", he told an audience that included International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde.

"We can turn this region from a victim of past conflicts into a model for commerce and advancement throughout the world", Kushner said.

Neither the Israeli nor Palestinian governments are attending the event in Manama, which Lebanon and Iraq are staying away from.

"It is rather hard to talk about economic investment and development when you don't have the underlying political and legal frameworks actually established to make all these other development plans workable", she said. "We will get to those at the right time".

In the 2002 deal, Arab leaders offered Israel an "official" end to the Arab-Israeli conflict and "normalization" of diplomatic ties in exchange for a complete withdrawal from Arab territories occupied since the Six Day War in 1967, including the Syrian Golan Heights as well as the "acceptance and of the establishment of a sovereign independent Palestinian state" on those given Palestinian territories.

"Money is important. The economy is important".

Saudi Arabia - a close USA ally which shares a common foe with Israel in Iran - expressed support on Tuesday for "international efforts aimed at improving prosperity, investment and economic growth in the region". "The political solution is more important". He added, "It will be somewhere between the Arab Peace Initiative and between the Israeli position".

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, a close Trump ally, said Israel was open to the plan.

Expectations for success are low.

Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Morocco, Jordan and various Gulf states have sent finance officials to the workshop. "The "Peace to Prosperity" plan is a framework for a brighter, more prosperous future for the Palestinian people and the region and a vision of what is possible if there is peace".

But Trump's team has consistently refused to commit to it, keeping the political stage of the plan a secret.

Any such solution would have to settle long-standing issues such as the status of Jerusalem, mutually agreed borders, satisfying Israel's security concerns and Palestinian demands for statehood, and the fate of Israel's settlements and military presence in territory in Palestinians want to build that state.

In Gaza, businesses closed doors in a general strike called by the ruling Islamist Hamas group and other factions.

Protesters took to the streets in the West Bank and Gaza, decrying the United States and Israel.

Trump has taken an unapologetically pro-Israel line during his presidency, with moves including his controversial recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital in late 2017.

Palestinian leaders, who have refused to engage with the Trump administration accusing it of being the most biased towards Israel in U.S. history, have also been scathing about its prospects of success.

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