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Palestinians reject U.S. peace plan as Kushner keeps silent on political details

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  • Unfortunately for Jared, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict will not likely be solved by treating it at as a real estate deal. No government in the region wants to come right out and insult the President's plan. But for the Saudis to say the political elements must be in line with the Arab Initiative is coming pretty close.

  • The Trump administration’s approach to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is hampered in a variety of ways, though none more so than how clearly it has aligned with Israel in foreign policy. Palestinians will almost under all circumstances view Israel and Washington as one and the same at present. That in itself makes a political solution even more difficult to attain. As well as the administration being publicly non-committal regarding the two-state solution. These are points of fundamental discord

    The Trump administration’s approach to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is hampered in a variety of ways, though none more so than how clearly it has aligned with Israel in foreign policy. Palestinians will almost under all circumstances view Israel and Washington as one and the same at present. That in itself makes a political solution even more difficult to attain. As well as the administration being publicly non-committal regarding the two-state solution. These are points of fundamental discord when mediating the conflict in question.

    Now there is a definite economic factor in the larger picture of Palestine, it is true. That should not be overlooked. The Palestinian Authority has been heavily reliant on foreign aid, and its ability to generate economic growth via the private sector has been limited for a variety of reasons. When recognizing the fact of 50% unemployment in Gaza, and 30% in the West Bank, they’re incredible societal strains that make achieving statehood even harder.

    Though in so far as Palestinian economic growth is concerned, the Saudi’s quite rightly emphasized the necessity of such proposed foreign investments coming from the private sector.

    Unfortunately, it seems this plan is putting the cart before the horse. Especially when the political realities of solving the conflict have progressed not at all, with both sides seemingly implacable in their respective long held positions.

  • Russ Lilly
    Russ LillyFormer FedEx Managing Director

    The past 70 years has clearly shown this issue is about real estate, not economics....

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