Without much notice, the White House released the economic part of its long-delayed Middle East peace plan on Saturday promising tens of billions of dollars to the Palestinian economy.
The Plan for Peace for Prosperity will be presented at a next week's conference in Bahrain, where the Trump government seeks to advance its economic vision of resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
President Donald Trump's son-in-law and senior advisor, Jared Kushner, welcomed "constructive" criticism.
There was much of it.
Be wary of what they see as a pro-Israel effort to undermine their cause, without a serious attempt to find a political solution that has served the region for generations, Palestinians and their Members escaped Supporters in the Arab world rejected it immediately
"We do not need the Bahrain meeting to build our country," said Finance Minister Shukri Bishara on Sunday. A revival followed by peace is unrealistic and an illusion. " Bishara added.
"The occasion of the century"
The plan for economic revival would only be effective if a political solution was found.
But there is no clear timeline and it remains unclear what Kushner and Jason Greenblatt, Trump's peace plan representative, have in mind in issues such as an independent Palestinian state.
"I laugh when they attack this as the" Deal of the Century. " Kushner said in an interview with Reuters on Saturday in which he referred to Palestinian leaders who have dismissed his plan as an attempt to buy up their quest for statehood.
"This will be the & # 39; opportunity of the century, if they have the courage to pursue it," he added.
The Palestinians are furious with what they see as a clear bias from the US to Israel.
In recent years, the White House has cut funds for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian refugees, held no meetings with elected Palestinian leaders, closed down the Palestinian diplomatic office in Washington, the United States misplaced its embassy in Jerusalem, and advocated annexation of the Golan Heights by Israel.
In another allusion to the Israeli cause, US Ambassador to Israel, David M. Friedman, told the New York Times earlier this month that Israel has the right to annex at least part of the West Bank.
Many countries and international organizations see Israeli settlements in East Jerusalem and the West Bank as illegal because they were built on occupied land.
Meanwhile, the Palestinian economy was in dire straits for years. Gaza's economy has also been hit by the crippling Israeli-Egyptian blockade since 2007.
"Generations of Palestinians have lived through adversity and loss, but the next chapter can be defined by freedom and dignity," the White House said.
] Long-time Palestinian politician and leader Hanan Ashrawi was unimpressed.
"First, lift the siege of Gaza, stop the Israeli theft of our land, our resources and funds, give us our freedom of movement and control over our borders, our airspace and our territorial waters, etc.," he said in a tweet on Saturday.
"Then watch as we build a vibrant prosperous economy as a free and sovereign people. "
The Palestinian Authority is boycotting the Bahrain Conference in protest of the US approach, causing the White House not to invite the Israeli government, "This is unacceptable before the political situation is discussed."
Abbas said Trump's broader peace plan will not succeed, "because he ends the Palestinian cause."
The Palestinian president said the American system is taking Israel's visions and neglecting the longstanding two-state solution to the conflict.
"Palestine is not for sale," said Ismail Rudwan, an official of the Islamist militant group Hamas who governs Gaza, told NBC News.
"We Reaffirm Our Rejection of Conflict A Century of Political, Economic, and Security Dimensions."
Commenting on NBC News before unveiling the business plan, Fawaz Gerges, a professor of Middle Eastern policy at the London School of Economics Economics and Political Science, The Bahrain Conference had "revealed" that the Trump government's peace plan was about providing economic aid to the Palestinians in order to give up their aspirations to establish a Palestinian government.
Trump has reduced decades of international consensus.
The plan was rejected not only by Palestinian leaders, but also by people in Arab states whose assistance Washington actively seeks.
promised billions of dollars to Jordan, Lebanon and Egypt, which have been absorbing Palestinian refugees for decades and dealing with other consequences of the conflict.
On Sunday, the spokesman for the Lebanese parliament said the country did not want to invest at the expense of the Palestinians.
"Mr Kushner, Lebanon and the Lebanese will not be false witnesses for the sale of Palestine," said Nabih Berri.
At home, the quietly released US plan on the Sabbath met with a cautious response, but criticism.
"Even an ambitious vision of much-needed economic development can not replace a political agreement that will finally resolve the core problems of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict," said Jeremy Ben-Ami, president of J Street, a Washington-based liberal advocacy group , Israel controls the economic life of the Palestinian territories. None of Kushner's proposals is remotely possible without Israeli approval. But his 40-page plan calls for Israel to do exactly nothing (@ilangoldenberg) June 22, 2019  The political establishment in Israel also reacted unevenly.
Tzachi Hanegbi, a cabinet member near Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, called Pales Rejection of the tragic plan by the Tinians.
But Ayman Odeh, leader of the party representing the Arabs of Israel, said Sunday that the only solution to the conflict is to establish an independent Palestinian state alongside the state of Israel.
Someone has to tell Trump that you can not buy everything with money, "the Israeli daily Ma'ariv quoted him.
" Certainly not the just national aspirations of the Palestinian people. "