Thursday 18 July 2019

$50bn Kushner plan rejected by Arab world

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas immediately rejected the plan. Photo: Reuters/Mohamad Torokman
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas immediately rejected the plan. Photo: Reuters/Mohamad Torokman
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Donald Trump's long-awaited economic peace plan he hopes will resolve the decades-long Israeli-Palestinian conflict was immediately rejected by most of the Arab world.

One official described the 96-page document as "meaningless" and impractical.

Jared Kushner, Mr Trump's senior adviser and son-in-law, revealed the details of the $50bn (€44bn) "Peace to Prosperity" plan over the weekend, and is expected to formally present it to the world at a two-day conference in Bahrain starting tomorrow.

He said it could create a million jobs in the West Bank and Gaza, reduce Palestinian poverty by half and double the Palestinians' GDP.

The document, which does not use the term Palestinian "state" but instead opts for "society", has also been slammed by critics for encouraging Palestinians to "barter away" national aspirations for economic investment.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas immediately rejected the plan, saying the "economic situation should not be discussed before the political one".

Jibril Rajoub, a Fatah official, said "the economic track is not a solution" and that the funds were "meaningless as long as the occupation continues".

Hamas, the Islamist militant group that controls Gaza, bluntly replied: "Palestine isn't for sale."

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