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Palestinians snub US M-E peace plan as Kushner keeps mum on political details

Palestinians snub US M-E peace plan as Kushner keeps mum on political details

Reuters
MANAMA
Palestinians poured scorn on the Trump administration’s much-touted peace plan for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict on Wednesday, saying its framework for a trade and investment boost ignored their political aspirations for statehood.
Gulf states attending an international meeting in Bahrain, orchestrated by the plan’s architect, US President Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, gave it qualified support. But they also stressed that any peace settlement must be based on two-state solution.
Kushner told reporters his team would release the plan’s political details, which remain secret, “when we’re ready”, adding: “We’ll see what happens”. He said a peace deal would happen when both sides are ready to say “yes”. He acknowledged that they may never get there.
Neither the Israeli nor Palestinian governments are attending the meeting.
Senior Palestine Liberation Organisation official Hanan Ashrawi, speaking in the West Bank city of Ramallah, said the Manama conference was “quite disingenuous”. “It is totally divorced from reality. The elephant in the room is the (Israeli) occupation itself,” she told a news conference. Several thousand Palestinians demonstrated in Gaza Strip and burned posters of Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. “No to the conference of treason, no to the conference of shame” read one banner.