Jared Kushner accused the Palestinian Authority of not helping his own people after officials boycotted his two-day Middle East peace conference in Bahrain.
Trump's son-in-law and special adviser hoped to set up a peace agreement between Israel and Palestine that he worked on for two years during the event, which is being held at the Four Seasons hotel in the capital Manama.
But the event died on Wednesday after the Palestinians refused to participate because the economic plan is not accompanied by a political deal that guarantees them their own state. Israel also refused to send a delegation to the event.
Many Arab states, including Lebanon, also stayed away while others, including Jordan and Egypt, the two Arab nations that achieved peace with Israel, sent only deputy ministers.
Jared Kushner accused the Palestinian Authority of failing its own people after officials refused to attend his Peace to Prosperity summit in Bahrain. Israel has not been present either
Kushner tried to convince Arab delegations to repay an economic package of $ 50 billion, which he said would secure peace in the region
Kushner insisted that his team would release a political plan & # 39; when we are ready & # 39; but wanted to lead with the economic plan to show people & # 39; what the future might look like & # 39 ;.
Critics say the economic plan is like a real estate brochure and contains glossy photos of aid programs that the Trump government cut off.
The point was underlined by Christine Lagarde, head of the IMF who attended the event but did not talk about it.
In a statement issued later, she agreed that economic stimulation is important, but that peace must come first.
& # 39; It's a matter of bringing all ingredients together, & # 39; she said.
& # 39; Improving economic conditions and attracting sustainable investments in the region ultimately depends on being able to reach a peace agreement.
& # 39; Peace, political stability and mutual trust between all parties involved are essential conditions for the success of any economic plan for the region. & # 39;
He said that a peace agreement would take place if both parties were ready to say yes, while acknowledging that the two parties might never get there.
Senior Palestinian liberation organization official Hanan Ashrawi said Wednesday that the Manama Conference & # 39; rather insincere & # 39; used to be.
Christine Lagarde, head of the IMF (pictured center), agreed that investment will be important, but said peace must first be achieved
& # 39; It is completely separate from reality. The elephant in the room is the (Israeli) occupation itself, & she told a press conference in the city of Ramallah in the West Bank.
Several thousand Palestinians demonstrated in the Gaza Strip and burned posters by Trump and Netanyahu.
& # 39; No to the conference of betrayal, no to the conference of shame & # 39 ;, read a banner.
The head of the Islamic group Hamas, Ismail Haniyeh, criticized the plan as a ruse against the Palestinian people.
& # 39; This money may not be at the expense of our enduring rights, or at the expense of Jerusalem, or the right to return or at the expense of sovereignty and resistance, & # 39; he said.
Saudi Arabia and the UAE discretely 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 achieved peace with Israel, sent deputy ministers.
The Lebanese government and parliament are both against the US plan, Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri said Wednesday.
Bahrain's foreign minister, where the American Fifth Fleet is based, said the plan was an opportunity not to be missed, almost two years in the making.
He reiterated the need for a two-state solution that has supported every peace plan for decades, but the Trump team has consistently refused to commit to it.
& # 39; I think if we take this issue seriously, it could be a very important game changer & # 39 ;, Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed al-Khalifa told Israeli public broadcaster Kan, in English.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, a good ally with Trump, said Israel was open to economic proposals.
Washington hopes that rich Gulf states will fund the plan, which expects donor countries and investors to contribute $ 50 billion to Palestinian and neighboring Arab state economies.
Kushner (right) said his team will publish a political statement & # 39; when we are ready & # 39; but that he wants to lead with an economic vision to show people & # 39; how the future might look & # 39;
Many Arab states, including Lebanon, also stayed away from the conference while others, including Jordan and Egypt, only sent substitute ministers
Saudi finance minister, Mohammed al-Jadaan, said the kingdom would support prosperity in the region, but it was important that & # 39; the private sector drive this & # 39 ;.
UAE Minister of State for Financial Affairs Obaid Humaid al-Tayer said & # 39; we must give this initiative a chance & # 39 ;.
Riyadh says that any peace agreement must be based on an Arab-led Arab peace initiative led by Saudi, calling for a Palestinian state along the pre-Israeli conquest of war in the Middle East war in 1967, as well as a capital city in East Jerusalem and the right of refugees to return – points rejected by Israel.
It is not clear whether the Trump team plans to leave the two-state solution, which is supported by the United Nations and most countries.
Kushner said the plan would not be in line with the Arab initiative.
Each solution must resolve old issues such as the status of Jerusalem, mutually agreed borders, Israeli security interests, Palestinian demands for a state, and the fate of Israeli settlements and military presence in the territory where Palestinians want to build that state.
Palestinian leaders refuse to make contact with the White House and accuse it of prejudice by Israel.
In accordance with the international consensus, Trump recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel in 2017, which made the Palestinians and other Arabs angry.
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