- Palestinians Say ‘No’ After Kushner Reveals Economic Details of Mideast Peace Plan
by MEE and agencies, https://www.middleeasteye.net/
Trump administration’s $50bn plan calls for creation of global investment fund to lift Palestinian and neighbouring Arab state economies
Palestinian officials on Saturday dismissed proposals unveiled by President Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner for big money projects that would form the economic portion of the Trump administration’s long-awaited Middle East peace plan.
Senior Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) official Hanan Ashrawi said Kushner’s plans were “all abstract promises” and added that only a political solution would solve the conflict. Hamas, the Islamist group that controls Gaza, was more blunt, saying: “Palestine isn’t for sale.”
Dr Mohammed Mustafa, head of the Palestinian Investment Fund and economic adviser to President Mahmoud Abbas, told MEE: “The Palestinian cause is political and any solution must be political first, and after that we can look into the economic side. By offering this amount of money without a clear, fair and acceptable political plan, it’s clear the Americans are trying to replace a political solution with an economic solution, and no Palestinian can accept that.”
The Trump administration’s $50bn Middle East economic plan calls for the creation of a global investment fund to lift the Palestinian and neighbouring Arab state economies, according to US officials and documents reviewed by Reuters. One proposal is for the construction of a $5bn transportation corridor to connect the West Bank and Gaza.