Kushner offers “opportunity of the century” (to Israel)

Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner has been conducting a two-day economic workshop in Bahrain this week, as the first leg of his long-promised proposed peace agreement for Israelis and Palestinians. Kushner has floated the suggestions of international investment in the West Bank and Gaza of more than $60 billion, though he has not committed the U.S. to any of that money. He has also not released any details of his proposed political solution, although there have been numerous indications it will greatly favor Israeli interests.

Skeptics say that investors are unlikely to be interested without a stable political solution in the region.

The Palestinian leadership has boycotted the event, calling it a clear attempt by the U.S. to buy off the Palestinians, and to give Palestinian lands to Israel. Actions taken by Kushner and the Trump administration over the last year and a half — including the U.S. recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, and the elimination all U.S. support for millions of Palestinian refugees and for programs in the Palestinian West Bank and Gaza — have obliterated Palestinian trust in the U.S. as an honest broker in peace negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians.

Important to note: Trump has not shown a willingness to support the creation of a Palestinian state in the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem, contrary to the position long-held by previous U.S. administrations and the international community. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Vice President Mike Pence, both fervent evangelical Christians, subscribe to a religious ideology that is firmly opposed to the creation of a Palestinian state.

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