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Sun Jun 23, 2019, 08:35 AM

Kushner's Economic Plan For Peace In The Middle East Met With 'Contempt' In Arab World

Though some in the Gulf have expressed optimism for the plan, it’s been widely rejected by Palestinians and other Arab states.


RIYADH/AMMAN/CAIRO, June 23 (Reuters) ― U.S. President Donald Trump’s economic vision as part of the wider plan to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict was met with contempt, repudiation and exasperation in the Arab world, even as some in the Gulf called for it to be given a chance.

In Israel, Tzachi Hanegbi, a cabinet member close to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, called Palestinians’ rejection of the $50 billion “peace to prosperity” plan tragic.

The blueprint, set to be presented by Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner at a conference in Bahrain on June 25-26, envisions a global investment fund to lift the Palestinian and neighboring Arab state economies.

But the lack of a political solution, which Washington has said would be unveiled later, prompted rejection not only from Palestinians but also in Arab countries with which Israel would seek normal relations.

From Sudan to Kuwait, prominent commentators and ordinary citizens denounced Kushner’s proposals in strikingly similar terms: “colossal waste of time,” “non-starter,” “dead on arrival.”

“Homelands cannot be sold, even for all the money in the world,” Egyptian analyst Gamal Fahmy said. “This plan is the brainchild of real estate brokers, not politicians. Even Arab states that are described as moderate are not able to openly express support for it.”

Commentator Sarkis Naoum at Lebanon’s An-Nahar newspaper said, “This economic plan, like others, won’t succeed because it has no political foundation.”

While the precise outline of the political plan has been shrouded in secrecy, officials briefed on it say Kushner has jettisoned the two-state solution ― the long-standing worldwide formula that envisages an independent Palestinian state alongside Israel in the West Bank, East Jerusalem and Gaza.

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/kushner-middle-east-economic-plan_n_5d0f4d17e4b0aa375f4de01c

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Sun Jun 23, 2019, 08:39 AM

1. What an embarrassment. Kushner doesn't have a clue.

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Sun Jun 23, 2019, 08:58 AM

2. Sigh... Do people not see that this would have been a typical Trump-Charity scam?

Step 1: Trump proposes the charity.

Step 2: The charity gets founded and Trump declares victory.

Step 3: Trump refuses to pay for his own charity and moves on to another topic.

Step 4: When the charity fails because there is no money there, Trump blames somebody else.

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Sun Jun 23, 2019, 09:46 AM

3. Kushner may be jewish, but he really doesn't

understand the emotional background, ties to the land, distant or recent history, or spirituality of the Middle East religions and sects involved in the conflicts. Kushner thinks this is just another complicated business deal.

Fahmy was correct when he said, "This plan is the brainchild of real estate brokers, not politicians."

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Sun Jun 23, 2019, 09:48 AM

4. Let me know when I'm supposed to fake the surprise...

Sounds like another "everything Trump touches dies" report.

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