USA & Arab States Summit Economic Workshop to be Hosted by Bahrain, June 25-26, 2019
Follow-up 6-27-19 Israel Not Invited
The US White House released the plan to be workshopped—“Peace to Prosperity—the Economic Plan: A New Vision for the Palestinian People” - While the guest list for the workshop includes top diplomats, officials and business people from a host of nations—including Arab states such as Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Qatar, Jordan and Morocco—there will be no government representation from the two entities under discussion: Israel and the Palestinians.The reason for the conspicuous absence? Ever since Pres Trump recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, the Palestinians have vowed to shun all Trump’s future efforts for peace, including rejecting the “Deal of the Century” outright before knowing what it entails and boycotting attendance of the Bahrain economic workshop.
Therefore, Bahrain subsequently decided to exclude Israel from the list of invitees in a bid to level the playing field. More here
Bahrain Conference Palestinians Object and Violence Ensues As Usual
6-26-19, Palestinians riot ... On the surface, this conference looks exclusively economic but it goes beyond this. The danger of this conference does not only manifest in boosting normalization between Arab countries, especially the Gulf, with Israel but also minimize the Palestinian struggle into an economic crisis. Meaning, it depoliticizes the Palestinian cause and portrays it as a humanitarian issue in the first place...
Israel expected to attend U.S.-led Bahrain conference:
The United States has billed the gathering in Bahrain as a workshop to boost the Palestinian economy in Israel as part of a broader effort by Pres Trump's peace plan for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Reportedly Israelis will participate in the June 25-26, 2019 workshop; while sources claim that Israel is expected to send a business delegation only; the Palestinians report they will boycott.
6-4-19, Front Page -- It is apparent what the Gulf states cozying up to Israel and Jews has do with existential interests. Iran is clearly seen as a major threat to the Gulf kingdoms and to Saudi Arabia in particular. The close relations between Israel's Prime Minister Netanyahu and the US President Trump render Israel an asset. However, we shouldn't overlook the Saudi Crown Prince, Mohammad bin Salman’s efforts to modernize his kingdom and loosen the social strictures imposed by the Wahhabi religious establishment. [..snip]
The bottom line is that the Islamic Gulf states have a lot to gain from warm relations with the Jewish state of Israel and an open and formal relationship. They could invest in Israel’s innovative industries and take advantage of Israel’s renowned high-tech sector. Israel’s environmental innovations could address the challenges of their water shortages. Similarly, the Gulf states student population could benefit from Israel’s world-class universities. Tourism is an area that could benefit both parties. The U.S. is in a strong position to make the existing détente into a full fledge relationship between the Gulf states and Israel. More here
Bahrain: Economic conference will help Palestinians | more here
5-22-19, Bahrain said the workshop summit its co-hosting June 25-26, 2019 with the US is aimed at helping the Arabs/Muslims [aka Palestinians] in Israel who have criticized the Islamic Gulf kingdom for failing to consult them and they are boycotting the conference. It will not address the most contentious parts of the conflict: borders, the status of Jerusalem, Muslim/Arabs and Israel's security. It will be held in the capital of Manama and is aimed at offering a vision for investment in Judea/Samaria, Israel [aka West Bank], Gaza and neighboring countries by focusing on the following components:
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