Palestinians reject invitation to attend US Mideast meeting in Poland

White House officials set to rally support for Middle East peace plan

White House officials set to rally support for Middle East peace plan

RAMALLAH, Palestinian Territories - The Palestinian government rejected on Thursday, February 7, a US-led conference on Middle East peace and security due to take place next week in Warsaw, branding it an "American conspiracy".

White House senior adviser Jared Kushner will reportedly travel throughout the Middle East later this month to promote the Trump administration's Israeli-Palestinian peace plan. It will last for a week, during which the delegation will visit Oman, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar.

White House officials told Ravid that the economic aspect of the peace plan will be on the table during the visits, including "huge" investments in the Palestinian economy, "mainly in Gaza", he said. The economic plan is widely expected to include global funding proposals for the impoverished Gaza Strip.

The top U.S. officials will share details of the economic portion of their peace plan with several wealthy Arab countries as they look to secure financial support for the economic plan, which is created to boost the Palestinian economy if Israelis and Palestinians reach a political settlement.

The peace plan will only be revealed after Israel's April 9 elections, so as not to add difficulties to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's campaign-seeing as he is already expected to face an indictment before Israeli voters hit the polls.

Officials said they realized that the Arab diplomats Kushner meets will want to know elements of the political component before rendering a judgment on the economic plan.

A foreign ministry statement called the event "an American conspiracy meant to get the participants to adopt the U.S. views on issues of the region, particularly the Palestine question".

Palestinian President Mohammed Abbas has refused to talk about any peace plan with the United States in the wake of Trump's recognition of Jerusalem, but White House officials hope that will change.

"They're not going to support the economic plan without making sure they also support the political plan, and we recognise that".

Palestinians see the city as the capital of their future state.

The Palestinians have refused to meet with the USA to discuss peace overtures since December 2017, when Trump announced the move and declared he would recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

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