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On ‘missed opportunities’

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Photo-op at Camp David with President Clinton, Chairman Yasser Arafat and Prime Minister Ehud Barak, July 11, 2000. (Courtesy: William J.Clinton Presidential Library)

The myth that the Palestinians keep “missing opportunities” for peace is being revived from Jared Kushner, to Tony Blair, to Mohammed bin Salman.

GOP House members say resolution affirming two-state solution contradicts administration’s peace plan

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Democrats are pushing to pass a watered-down and toothless version of a resolution supporting a negotiated two-state resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian issue in the coming weeks, and yet Republicans say even this contradicts the Trump Administration’s peace plan. Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX), the ranking member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said the resolution is designed to “score points against the President” and “cut the Administration’s peace process off at the knees, ensuring that any political proposal released by the Administration already has the black mark of a rebuke by the House of Representatives.”

Palestine’s economy is more than meets the eye

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Palestinians work at wood factory during a field tour of the Ministries of Economy and Finance, in Gaza city on September 19, 2019. (Photo: Mahmoud Ajjour/APA Images)

Layla Kaiksow and Reema AbuShaheen explain no amount of investment dollars can change the painful Israeli-made facts on the ground for Palestinian manufacturers and entrepreneurs. “Economic development without statehood has gotten us to this point, and that point is nowhere.” 

‘Jared Kushner, you haven’t reached out to us’ writes Israeli peace activist

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Israeli peace activist Angela Godfrey-Goldstein writes an open letter to the president’s son-in-law: “Jared Kushner, maybe you believe you’re supporting Israel with your positions, statements and actions? For those of us who for many decades have fought for peace, nothing could be more mistaken.”

Palestinian leadership embraced ‘economic peace’ plans in the past, so why is it rejecting Kushner?

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Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas meets with US President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior advisor Jared Kushner in the central occupied West Bank city of Ramallah on June 22, 2017. (Photo: Ma'an News)

Jared Kushner’s ‘Peace to Prosperity’ economic plan mirrors those that have been presented from the Oslo period onwards. So why is Palestinian leadership so resistant to, and outraged by, this particular plan? David Joseph Deutch says it is because “one avenue claimed to lead to liberation, while lining the pockets of a PNA connected elite. The other promises perpetual occupation, with peace dividends for international investors.”

The absurdity of Trump’s economic peace

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Jared Kushner speaks at the "Peace to Prosperity" workshop in Manama, Bahrain (Photo: AP)

The absurdity of the Trump economic plan is that it tries to fix the Palestinian economy while completely ignoring the primary reason the Palestinian economy is failing — the occupation.

Why are there so many Zionist Jews on Trump’s Middle East team?

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After White House officials joined a grotesque settlers’ celebration in occupied Jerusalem, Zionists have raised an issue rarely raised in the U.S.: Why are there so many religious Zionist Jews on the Trump negotiation team? Palestinians feel “under assault” and “surrounded” by Trump’s team, says Yaakov Katz, editor of the Jerusalem Post.

Palestinians should take the money and run

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What if the Palestinians were to exploit the opportunity provided by Kushner’s plan to build Palestinian society as an important step on the way to developing the strength to secure political rights and freedom in one secular state? James Zogby writes. History shows that when people live in economic despair, they are less inclined to demand political rights.

The Bahrain conference: what did, and didn’t, happen

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Jared Kushner speaks at the "Peace to Prosperity" workshop in Manama, Bahrain (Photo: AP)

Even Christine Lagarde of the IMF questioned the effectiveness of Jared Kushner’s proposal for $50 billion investment in Palestinian prosperity, saying without a political solution to the Palestinian issue, investments will not succeed. Her skepticism was widely shared.

Barghouti: Trump peace effort ‘is about liquidating Palestinian rights’

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Mustafa Barghouti (center) protests the Trump administration's economic summit in Bahrain, outside of Ramallah, Wednesday June 26, 2019. (Photo: Miriam Deprez)

Mustafa Barghouti talks with Mondoweiss about the Trump administration’s Bahrain economic summit and “deal of the century.” “Everything they’ve done, and everything they’ve declared, shows they are trying to kill the two-state solution and the rights of Palestinians to have a state of their own,” Barghouti says. “They advocate sustaining occupation and apartheid.”

‘Palestine is not for sale’ — Palestinians in Gaza say Bahrain summit is the ‘New Oslo’

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Palestinians protest against the Bahrain economic workshop, in Khan Younis in the southern of Gaza strip, on June 26, 2019. (Photo: Ashraf Amra)

On Tuesday Palestinians in the Gaza Strip cursed at Arab officials and burned placards of President Donald Trump in protest of the administration’s “Peace to Prosperity” summit in Bahrain to discuss economic aspects of the long-awaited “deal of the century.” Yasmin Abu Arafa, a civil rights activist, told Mondoweiss: “After long years of struggle and fighting, a new Oslo seems to be imposed upon us by the U.S. But this will not happen again as in 1993.” 

Bahrain conference is a stab in the back to every Palestinian

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Palestinian protesters hold posters during a protest against the Bahrain economic workshop, in Khan Younis in the southern of Gaza strip, on June 26, 2019. (Photo: Ashraf Amra/APA Images)

Aya Al Ghazzawi says that the Trump administration Bahrain conference is another step in the continual dehumanization of the Palestinian people. “It says that the blood of the Palestinian martyrs and the people’s long suffering can be bargained upon,” Al Ghazzawi writes, “That money can make up to Palestinians for the ongoing ethnic cleansing which began in 1948. That the incremental genocide inflicted by Israel on Palestinians can be forgotten for crumbs of bread and a trivial sum of money.”

As Kushner pushes Palestinian prosperity in Bahrain, UNRWA struggles to cover shortfall following US funding cuts

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Commissioner-General of the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) Pierre Krahenbuhl speaks during a press conference, in Gaza city on May 23, 2019. (Photo: Mahmoud Ajjour/APA Images)

The UN agency for Palestinian refugees raised $110 million at a pledging meet in New York on Tuesday, but warned that it still needs more cash and may have to cut food handouts to some 1 million Gaza residents over the summer, and might not be able to open schools. The UNRWA event was held on the same day as the administration of US President Donald Trump launched its long-awaited and controversial plan for peace between Israelis and Palestinians in Bahrain.

Trump plan to prioritize ‘economic peace’ is neither new, nor likely to succeed

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President Donald Trump talks with Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Jared Kushner in Jerusalem, May 22, 2017.

At the end of June the Trump administration will unveil an economic package to bolster its peace plan for the Israelis and Palestinians at a conference in Bahrain. Nur Arafeh writes, “The economic workshop in Bahrain is thus another U.S. attempt to manage the political situation, rather than resolve it, and pacify Palestinians by offering them economic incentives to distract them from political issues.”

Bipartisan bill complements Kushner’s plan to try to buy off Palestinians

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Lindsey Graham, Chris Coons, and Maggie Hassan meet with Benjamin Netanyahu as part of a a bipartisan delegation of senators to Israel in February 2018. (Photo: Israel Government Press Office)

On Wednesday, six members of Congress introduced a bipartisan bill to create a $50 million annual fund to “facilitate and finance joint economic ventures and people-to-people exchanges between Palestinians, Israelis, and Americans.” While the bill could be seen by well-intentioned members of Congress as a last-ditch attempt to revive the moribund prospects for a two-state resolution, Josh Ruebner says it should more accurately be seen as consistent with the Trump administration’s “deal of the century,” which appears in all likelihood to preclude the possibility of Palestinian statehood.