The Manama Workshop: Trump’s Middle East Peace Plan Plummets before Lift-Off

Source: Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies

Author(s): The Unit for Policy Studies

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The United States held a workshop in Manama, Bahrain called “Peace to Prosperity, The Economic Plan: A New Vision for The Palestinian People” on 25-26 June 2019 to discuss the economic development of the occupied Palestinian territories, as well as Israel, Jordan, Lebanon and Egypt.[1] The US plan calls for investments of more than $50 billion over 10 years, from Arab and foreign countries, international organizations and private sector companies. The workshop was opened by Trump’s son-in-law and advisor Jared Kushner with representatives from 39 countries, including Arab countries in attendance. The presidents of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank, as well as businessmen and representatives of international trade and investment companies, also attended. The Palestinians however snubbed the event entirely as it was not simply an economic workshop but part of a greater vision whereby the economy replaces legitimate political rights and turns the Palestinian question into economic and investment projects. The plan made no mention of the central issues of conflict such as state, sovereignty, refugees, Jerusalem, settlements and borders.

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