Palestinians: not consulted about U.S.-led economic push

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Published on May 20, 2019 - Duration: 02:01s

Palestinians: not consulted about U.S.-led economic push

The Palestinians have not been consulted about a U.S.-led conference in Bahrain next month designed to encourage international investment in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh said on Monday.

Zachary Goelman reports.


Palestinians: not consulted about U.S.-led economic push

The U.S. push for peace between Israelis and Palestinians will include what the White House calls a 'workshop' to encourage international investment in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

At least one problem emerged immediately.

The Palestinian Prime Minister on Monday said neither he nor his government, had been consulted.

And he reiterated the myriad problems that the U.S. administration had yet to address.

(SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) PALESTINIAN PRIME MINISTER MOHAMMAD SHTAYYEH SAYING: "The cabinet stresses that any solution to the political conflict depends on ending the occupation, achieving the national rights of the Palestinian people, expressed by establishing their independent, sovereign and viable state on the 1967 borders, with Jerusalem as its capital." Washington announced the conference on Sunday, describing it as the unveiling of the first part of President Donald Trump's long-awaited Israeli-Palestinian peace plan.

That effort spearheaded by Trump's senior adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) SENIOR ADVISER TO U.S. PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP, JARED KUSHNER, SAYING (MAY 2) "I think the people fundamentally want to live together.

I think the people fundamentally want to have better lives, want their kids to have jobs, they want to be a bee to pay their mortgage, and that's a very important underlying." The Palestinians have boycotted the Trump administration since it recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital in late 2017 The Trump administration has cut back on U.S. aid for them, contributing to economic hardship in the West Bank and Gaza.

(SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) PALESTINIAN PRIME MINISTER MOHAMMAD SHTAYYEH SAYING: "The financial crisis that the Palestinian National Authority is living through today is a result of the financial war that is being waged against us in order to win political concessions.

We do not submit to blackmail and we don't trade our political rights for money." The U.S. push for a peace deal comes after a spike in violence earlier this month.

Palestinian militants from the Hamas-controlled Gaza strip fired more than 250 rockets into Israel.

Israel responded with artillery and airstrikes.

A cease-fire has held since May 5.

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