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The demonstrations included IEDs and stones thrown against the Israeli troops, when the soldiers responded with tear gas and live ammunition; Trey Yingst reports from Jerusalem.
President Trump’s plan for peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians will be presented Tuesday in Bahrain, as part of what the White house calls an “opportunity of the century” almost two years in the making.
The “peace-prosperity” venture, which rolled out over the weekend and will be officially proposed, in Manama, during a two-day workshop, to the increase of over $50 billion. The plan offers “an ambitious, achievable vision and a framework for a prosperous future for the Palestinian people and the region,” according to a White house statement.
ISRAEL Welcomes MIDEAST PEACE WORKSHOP
The management of the team-led by senior White House adviser Jared Kushner; Jason Greenblatt, US envoy to the international negotiations; and David Friedman, the U.S. Ambassador in Israel has learned a detailed portfolio of projects designed to make the economic growth to stimulate with the goal of doubling of Palestinian GDP and the creation of more than 1 million new jobs and reducing the poverty and unemployment rates, Fox News.
The plan is like a Marshall Plan for the Palestinians and the region as a whole. The Marshall Plan invested billions of dollars to prop up the economies of Western Europe after the end of the second world war.
A senior White house official, speaking on background, said the Bahrain-workshop is a “Chance of the century” for the Palestinians and the region.
The 50 billion dollars 15 billion in grants, $can be raised with a $25 billion low-interest loan and $11 billion in private capital.
The US is considering a large investment on the financing, together with other countries, but everything is dependent on the agreement of a good governance mechanism. The hope is that the money will not be siphoned off by corrupt politicians or be misappropriated and to the families of terrorists – a tactic by the Palestinians.
The money is earmarked for large-scale infrastructure projects in the hope of leading to a domino effect for the Palestinian economy and the neighbouring Arab States. Tourism, water and energy projects are also not expected that a large part of the investment.
White House fact sheet released on Saturday said that the money would be invested over 10 years, and also a large investment would, not only for the Palestinians, but also in the bordering countries of Jordan, Egypt and Lebanon.
The growing number of workshop participants may provide an indication of the fact that the world is ready to move on from the years of stagnation, and, finally, a kind of agreement.
Nevertheless, problems remain. The Palestinian boycott, the workshop and the Israeli government was not invited, even though some Israeli business expected to pay.
On Saturday, according to the Israeli news Agency, TPS, Palestinian authority President Mahmoud Abbas in the workshop, which is to say pointed, “as long as it’s not a political [solution], and we do not deal with any economic [solution].”
But Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was reported by the Times of Israel, as he said he would, he would listen to the American plan, “listening to it with fairness and openness.”
Fatah, the ruling group in the PA, has gone reportedly to great lengths to promote the protests and the violence in the West Bank and Gaza, on the day of the workshop — fellow Palestinians, even threatening to have shown interest. Some Palestinians visit are undaunted and plan to.
But as the political climate in the region is the Palestinians who had tried to change, to pressure the Arab countries to have to sit out Bahrain confab seem to have failed to boycott the event-senior officials from Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Morocco, the United Arab Emirates, Jordan and Qatar are among those expected.
“It is a great victory, the [Bahrain] is still happening,” said a senior White house official, who wondered whether the strong participation of influential Arab countries meant that the Palestinians still have a pair of aces, when it comes with an automatic right of veto over the Arab world on the peace process.
Palestinian critics at least can be glad that neither Lebanon nor Iraq will participate, and the European Union will only be sending a representative on the technical level. The United Nations will send a Deputy special coordinator for the middle East peace, is also used in a humanitarian role in the Palestinian-controlled areas.
In an interview last month with Fox News, Jason Greenblatt, who was in New York for a U. N. security Council meeting, said the Palestinian boycott and dismissal of a plan, they would not be seen once: “it was terribly frustrating for the ordinary Palestinians.”
GREENBLATT: THE PEACE PLAN IS WEEKS AWAY
He continued, “I meet often with them, and this is the message which you are to say to me. You understand that you may not like aspects of the plan, but are upset that their leaders say they do not even look at it. I feel terrible for the Palestinian people.”
At the same time as the Bahrain workshop begins, the United Nations the holding of a donors ‘ conference in New York with the goal of raising $1.2 billion to the UNRWA – its specialized Agency for the Palestinian refugees. The event will be accompanied by U. N. Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres and other senior U. N. officials.
The goal, apart from the support of the status quo, financially, the Agency in the face of the United States to pull its funding of the controversial Agency in the past year. UNRWA has been littered with accusations of anti-Semitism, the teaching of extremism in the students and preservation of the refugee problem.
The Bahrain workshop lasts until Wednesday. Once the reviews are in, the pressure on the administration to release the political part of the plan to take on any positive momentum you take from Bahrain, but that might not happen until after the new Israeli elections to be held in September.