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Futility and extortion at the Manama conference

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Despite the majority Palestinian national consensus that the Trump plan is a consecration of Israeli occupation policies in its right-wing nationalist-religious form, Trump’s tripartite party, made up of Kushner, Greenblatt and Friedman, along with some of his Gulf state leader friends, insist on inviting international and regional economic figures, including Israeli Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon, to attend an economic conference or workshop in Bahrain on 25 and 26 June. This is under the theme of “Prosperity for peace”. This has been boycotted and rejected by Palestinian officials and people.

Trump’s team insists on not recognising the failure of their political approach to resolving the conflict and activating the so-called peace process due to the massive Palestinian consensus rejecting the foundations of the plan. This plan is based on ignoring the occupation and reinforcing the status quo, as cited by Trump’s recognition of Israel’s sovereignty over Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and over the Golan Heights. The plan does not address the traditional basis of the settlement process, i.e. the two-state solution. Instead, the team, described by the Palestinians as the far-right team, fled forward towards a new-old economic approach which is doomed to fail, as it is an attempt to propose........

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