The president's son-in-law sought to defend his long-anticipated plan at the start of a two-day workshop aimed at building support for a program to combine private investment and support from regional governments to transform economically devastated Palestinian communities.
But the political details of the plan, which has been nearly two years in the making, remain a secret. So far, they haven't condemned Israeli violations as illegal: its confiscation of Palestinian lands, settlement construction, theft of natural resources, and its denial of our human rights.
The IMF puts unemployment at 30% in the West Bank and 50% in Gaza, which has suffered years of Israeli and Egyptian blockades and recent foreign aid cuts and sanctions by the Palestinian Authority, Hamas' rival in the Israeli-occupied West Bank.
"Money is important. The economy is important". The political solution is more important.
Saudi Arabia and the UAE discreetly support the plan, but many Arab states, including Lebanon, stayed away from the event while others including Jordan and Egypt, the two Arab nations that have reached peace with Israel, sent deputy ministers.
The United States has hailed the "workshop" as bringing together the Israelis with Gulf Arabs, due largely to their mutual hostility towards Iran.
"CMEP believes a political solution that grants the Palestinian people their full freedom and right to self-determination is a necessary prerequisite to economic prosperity".
"It will be somewhere between the Arab Peace Initiative and between the Israeli position", Kushner told Al Jazeera TV in an interview to air on Tuesday.
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on Tuesday it was important "to pursue peace efforts to realize the vision of two States, Israel and Palestine, living side by side in peace and security".
He observed that the Palestinian people have been ill-served by their political leadership during previous rounds of peace-making efforts and explained that the US has only the best intentions for the long-suffering Palestinian population.
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That appears to have had a knock-on effect on Hezbollah, the Lebanese political party and militia group closely linked to Iran. Also, Abe could try to persuade Trump not to provoke Iran, if he really desires a direct negotiation with Iran.
The foreign ministry said on Monday that a member of the Moroccan Ministry of Economy and Finance will represent the country.
"The Trump Administration haven't only given up on Palestine, but on peace, justice and basic principles of humanity", the veteran Palestinian negotiator tweeted.
Palestinians poured scorn on the Trump administration's much-touted peace plan for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict on Wednesday, saying its framework for a trade and investment boost ignored their political aspirations for statehood.
Palestinian business groups and the Palestinian Authority have boycotted the plan.
In this regard, Kushner noted that the Bahrain workshop has already achieved success, as it will be attended by several Arab states and other countries all over the world, though there are other parties that will not participate. We want money and we want projects, the situation is miserable but it doesn't mean that we should concede our rights.
Oil-rich Gulf states, which would be expected to foot the bill if the plan moves ahead, sent high-powered delegations but other nations were more discreet. Trump on Monday imposed sanctions on Iran's supreme leader and other officials after Iran downed a USA drone following attacks on oil tankers in the Gulf.
Palestinian leaders are refusing to engage with the White House, accusing it of pro-Israel bias. Breaking with the global consensus, Trump in 2017 recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital, infuriating the Palestinians and other Arabs.
The potential of the Palestinian people lies in their ability to live in a sovereign and free Palestine, said Saeb Erekat, secretary general of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), on the Manama economic workshop and the USA economic plan for the region.
"It is a strategic mistake taken by the American administration.without talking to us nothing will be solved and [the Trump Administration] should understand very well that an economic solution without a political horizon is leading to more wars in the Middle East", Abu Rudeineh told Fox News.