Published: Mon, June 24, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Palestinians don't need Bahrain meeting, they need peace

Palestinians don't need Bahrain meeting, they need peace

USA officials say it aims to raise more than $50 billion and create more than a million jobs for the Palestinians within a decade. But it makes no mention of the core political issues of the conflict: the contested holy city of Jerusalem, the fate of Palestinian refugees, or the borders of a future Palestinian state.

The Jordanian Foreign Ministry announced on Saturday that Jordan had made a decision to participate in the Bahrain conference, while paying lip service to its obligatory adherence to the two-state solution as "the only way to settle the Palestinian-Israeli conflict". Palestinians afterward rejected Washington's unilateral mediation efforts in the peace process.

US Special Representative for Iran Brian Hook, senior White House aide Jared Kushner, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, US Middle East envoy Jason Greenblatt and Israeli Ambassador to the US Ron Dermer at a meeting in Jerusalem, May 30, 2019.

Such matters, United States officials have said, may have to wait until the fall, after Israeli elections, leaving numerous questions that potential investors nearly certainly want answered before making even tentative financial commitments.

"We reject the "deal of the century" and all its dimensions, the economic, the political and the security dimensions", Rudwan told Reuters.

"We don't need the Bahrain meeting to build our country, we need peace, and the sequence of (the plan) - economic revival followed by peace is unrealistic and an illusion", Palestinian Finance Minister Shukri Bishara said on Sunday.

Egyptian liberal and leftist parties slammed the workshop as an attempt to "consecrate and legitimise" occupation of Arab land and said in a joint statement that any Arab participation would be "beyond the limits of normalisation" with Israel. It is a strategic mistake and the American administration is committing daily mistakes against the Palestinian people. He appealed to Bahrain's king to "take a courageous, strong, authentic Arab decision not to host this workshop" and called on Arab countries to cancel their planned participation. "The deal of the century is a. one-sided concession, the Arab side, while the occupier wins everything: land, peace and Gulf money", said Kuwaiti parliamentarian Osama Al-Shaheen.

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Hamas, the Islamist militant group that controls Gaza, was more blunt, insisting: "Palestine isn't for sale".

But the Palestine Liberation Organization's executive committee have already dismissed the US plan.

Back in May, Ha'aretz predicted the Trump plan would essentially be a severance package to the PLO, in exchange for its giving up hope for an independent Palestinian State.

Regardless of American intent, the dueling meetings are likely to leave donors, particularly European nations, in an awkward position: torn between supporting an established worldwide organization or a mystery concept being put together by a US administration that has in two years reversed a half-century of American Middle East policy.

Abbas, 84, cut off ties with the United States administration in December 2017 after Trump broke with decades of global consensus and recognised Jerusalem as Israel's capital. "A lure to get the Palestinians to accept the unacceptable is not going to work".

An Israeli cabinet minister welcomed the plan.

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