Trump administration unveils $50 billion Palestinian financial plan in method Abbas calls ‘undesirable’ – NBC News

The Trump administration today released the economic part of its long-delayed Mideast pea ce strategy, requiring an investment of about $50 billion to raise Palestinians financially.

About $28 billion would go to the West Bank and Gaza and billions more to Jordan, Lebanon and Egypt, which have actually soaked up Palestinian refugees and dealt with other ramifications of the conflict for decades.

However the rollout Saturday does not include the political portion of the plan, therefore doesn’t resolve the most critical concerns in the conflict, such as whether the Palestinians will get an independent state and the status of Palestinian refugees, the city of Jerusalem, and Jewish settlements in the West Bank.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Saturday declared his opposition to an economic peace workshop that the U.S. is arranging next week in Bahrain.

Focusing on economic problems between Israel and the Palestinians “is inappropriate prior to the political circumstance is talked about,” Abbas told leading officials of his Fatah celebration.

Without any official participation at the meeting next week from the 2 primary protagonists, Israel and the Palestinians, and little interest from others– plus continued uncertainty and strong doubts over the plan’s political vision and the distraction of possible U.S.-Iran conflict– expectations are extremely low.

Speaking about the broader U.S. plan, Abbas said it “will not pass since it ends the Palestinian cause.”

The Palestinian President stated the American scheme adopts Israel’s visions and neglects the longstanding two-state solution, particularly after Washington in 2015 acknowledged objected to Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

The economic part of the strategy for Palestinians that the White House released Saturday includes a $5 billion “transportation network” to connect the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, which could include a rail line; a built-up Palestinian tourism market, with approximately $1 billion in financial investments; and a total of 179 projects total, consisting of for electricity, water, telecom and healthcare. Of these, 147 tasks are in the Palestinian areas and the rest in neighboring countries.

The plan is for the cash to come from donor countries, along with financiers, which is the focus of the financial summit in Manama, Bahrain, on Tuesday and Wednesday. Neither Palestinian nor Israeli officials are attending.

The White House predicts that within 10 years, the economic strategy will double Palestinian GDP, create more than 1 million jobs, cut the poverty rate by half, and reduce Palestinian joblessness to “nearly single digits.”

The political portion of the strategy will be launched later on. The administration had actually meant to release it soon after the economic strategy, but the Israeli political crisis triggered the most recent delay. The administration now is anticipated to wait until after Israel’s elections in September before launching the rest of the plan.

It was uncertain why the White House, after working for more than 2 years to develop anticipation for the strategy, released the first part of it quietly on Saturday with little excitement, rather than on a weekday when news intake is greater. The timing was likewise unusual in that was revealed on Saturday, the Sabbath day in Israel that is also observed by both Jared Kushner and Jason Greenblatt, Trump’s envoy managing the peace plan under Kushner.

The White House stated on Twitter, ” Generations of Palestinians have actually lived under adversity and loss, but the next chapter can be specified by flexibility and self-respect. Today, we’re unveiling Peace to Success: the most ambitious global effort for the Palestinian individuals to date.”

Josh Lederman

Josh Lederman is a national political reporter for NBC News.

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