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Comment and Opinion

Foreign Policy: Trump should scrap his Israeli-Palestinian peace plan and focus on Gaza, by Hady Amr, Ilan Goldenberg and Natan Sachs

Over the weekend, the White House released its multi-billion-dollar plan for the Palestinian economy as part of President Donald Trump’s “deal of the century,” which his administration has billed as a broader program for Middle East peace. Jared Kushner – Trump’s son-in-law, senior advisor, and point person on Israeli-Palestinian issues – spent two days in Bahrain this week at a White House-led conference trying to generate international support for this approach.

The conference faced tremendous challenges: With the United States and Iran on the brink of a potential conflict, convening in Bahrain, which hosts a major US naval base, cast the event in the shadow of US-Iran tensions. No Palestinian government officials attended, and nearly all Palestinian businesspeople skipped the event as well because the Trump administration has alienated them. And the Israeli government was largely absorbed with a new round of elections set for September. The event did not seem to generate much interest in Trump’s plan or bring the sides even an inch closer to anything resembling a deal.

Read the full article at Foreign Policy.