The Trump administration today released the economic part of its long-delayed Middle East peace plan and called for an investment of about $ 50 billion to more economically encourage Palestinians to Jordan, Lebanon and Egypt for decades absorb Palestinian refugees and deal with other consequences of the conflict.
The rollout Saturday, however, does not include the political part of the plan and therefore does not address the most critical issues in the conflict, such as whether the Palestinians receive an independent state and the status of Palestinian refugees, the city of Jerusalem, and Jewish settlements in the West Bank.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas reiterated Saturday his opposition to an economic peace workshop hosted by the US next week in Bahrain.
Focusing on economic issues between Israel and the Palestinians is unacceptable before the Po The political situation is being discussed, "Abbas said of leading members of his Fatah party.
The two main actors, Israel and the Palestinians, participated Next week, the meeting was not officially attended, and others' enthusiasm was low ̵
Abbas said that he will "not go through because this ends the Palestinian cause."
The Palestinian President said the American system is taking on Israel's visions and neglecting the long-standing two-state solution, particularly after Washington's controversial Jerusalem as Israel last year Capital recognized.
The economic Tei The plan for Palestinians released by the White House on Saturday includes $ 5 billion of "transport network" connecting the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, including a railway line; an established Palestinian tourism industry with investments of approximately $ 1 billion; and a total of 179 projects including Electricity, Water, Telecommunications and Healthcare. Of this, 147 projects are in the Palestinian territories and the rest in neighboring countries.
The money should come from donor countries along with investors, on which the Economic Summit in Manama, Bahrain, focuses Tuesday and Wednesday. Neither Palestinian nor Israeli officials attend.
The White House predicts that the economic plan will double Palestinian GDP in 10 years, create more than 1 million jobs, halve the poverty rate and bring Palestinian unemployment down to "nearly single" levels. "
The political part of the plan will be published later. The government had intended to release it shortly after the economic plan, but the political crisis in Israel triggered the recent delay. The government is now expected to wait until after the elections in Israel in September before publishing the rest of the plan.
It was unclear why the White House, after more than two years of work to bolster the anticipation of the plan, released the first published part of it quietly on Saturday with little fanfare, rather than on a weekday when the news consumption is higher. The timing was also unusual as it was celebrated on Saturday, the Sabbath in Israel, by Jared Kushner and Jason Greenblatt, Trump's peace plan officer under Kushner.
The White House said on Twitter: ] "Generations of Palestinians have lived through adversity and loss but the next chapter can be defined by freedom and dignity. Today we unveil peace for prosperity: the most ambitious international effort of the Palestinian people so far.
Associated Press contributed.