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Mon Jun 24, 2019, 06:23 PM

Palestinians rally against Kushner's economic peace plan


"Palestinians burned portraits of President Donald Trump as they protested in both the Gaza Strip and the Israeli-occupied West Bank on Monday against U.S.-led plans for a conference on their economy in Bahrain.

Many Palestinian business groups have said they will boycott the June 25-26 event, billed as part of Washington’s long-awaited Israeli-Palestinian peace plan and spearheaded by Trump’s adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner.

“Down with Bahrain, down with Trump, down with the Manama conference,” chanted crowds in Gaza, which is ruled by the armed Islamist group Hamas. Some burned large paintings of Trump marked with the words: “Deal of the devil”.

Leaders in both territories have accused Washington of pro-Israel bias and railed against the conference’s focus on economics, rather than their aspirations for an independent state."


Jared Kushner's peace plan is dead on arrival


"In 2007, Jared Kushner's family company purchased 666 Fifth Avenue, a Manhattan office building, for a then-record $1.8 billion at the height of the real estate boom. It was widely regarded as one of the worst deals in Manhattan real estate history, since Kushner could never secure enough tenants to cover his mortgage payments.

Now Kushner has moved onto much bigger deals -- a peace agreement between the Israelis and the Palestinians.

Except it's all a lot more complex than the world of Manhattan real estate. The deal that Kushner is now offering the Palestinians makes his disastrous Fifth Avenue purchase look like the Dutch purchase of Manhattan from the Indians in 1626 -- for the equivalent of not much more than $100.

That's because Kushner is offering the Palestinians bupkis as his opening bid. You read that right. Kushner's opening bid for one of the most important real estate deals in the 21st century is: Palestinians, you get nothing.

Yes, Kushner's economic plan for the Palestinians, announced on Saturday, is $50 billion of investment. But no country, including the United States, has actually put a dime of that money on the table."


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Mon Jun 24, 2019, 06:27 PM

1. Kushner's plan . . .

To make the t-rumps more money.

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Tue Jun 25, 2019, 08:41 PM

2. Phase one of US Middle East peace plan greeted with scepticism

Source: The Guardian

Phase one of US Middle East peace plan greeted with scepticism

No Israelis or Palestinians present for launch of plan that shreds decades of diplomacy

Martin Chulov Middle East correspondent
Tue 25 Jun 2019 18.25 BST Last modified on Tue 25 Jun 2019 20.05 BST

The first phase of the Trump administration’s long-awaited peace plan for Israel and Palestine has been rolled out to scepticism, anger and outright derision.

A conference hall of regional officials – with no Israelis or Palestinians present – was the first to hear details of the US-brokered deal, an economic blueprint that shreds decades of diplomacy and which even its mooted financial backers seemed reluctant to embrace.

The centrepiece appears to be a call for donors to contribute $50bn to kickstart the Palestinian economy and win the buy-in of neighbouring Jordan, Egypt and Lebanon, which would eventually open direct trade links with the West Bank and Gaza.

There has been no sign of a political dimension to the proposal, hailed as the brainchild of Donald Trump’s son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner. Critics across the region suggested the US was replacing the long-agreed “land for peace” formula with a blunt new “money for peace” that attempted to buy off the Palestinian cause.


Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jun/25/trumps-middle-east-peace-plan-unveiled-to-anger-and-derision

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