Trump officials to visit Mideast this month for peace plan push

Clay Curtis
February 10, 2019

The senior administration official told reporters White House senior adviser Jared Kushner would discuss plans for peace between the Palestinians and Israelis at the event. The visit will be Kushner's first to the region since the U.S. announced it will delay the presentation of the peace plan until the end of the Israeli election.

"On his trip to the Middle East, Kushner is expected to discuss with Arab officials the economic parts of the peace plan, which will entail huge investment in the Palestinian economy-mainly in Gaza", reported Axios.

RAMALLAH, Palestinian Territories - The Palestinian government rejected on Thursday, February 7, a US-led conference on Middle East peace and security due to take place next week in Warsaw, branding it an "American conspiracy". "This is a very important part of the overall equation".

The top United States officials will share details of the economic portion of their peace plan with several wealthy Arab countries as they look to secure financial support for the economic plan, which is created to boost the Palestinian economy if Israelis and Palestinians reach a political settlement.

Seeking regional support for the economic plan is a step on the way to the eventual unveiling of Trump's sweeping proposals to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

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PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas has declared his refusal to discuss any proposed American peace plan because President Trump had recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital, but perhaps being given eastern Jerusalem would induce him to rejoin the peace process.

Palestinian President Mohammed Abbas refuses to negotiate with the United States after President Trump made a decision to move the USA embassy to Jerusalem and declare the Holy City as Israel's capital.

The current thinking among White House officials is that the peace plan will be unveiled sometime after Israel holds elections on April 9 that will decide the fate of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Palestinians see the city as the capital of their future state. "His people deserve nothing less", a WH official said, adding that administration representatives have been meeting with "Palestinians from all walks of life" in the hope of eventually bringing the 83-year-old chairman on board.

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