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    Palestinians Reject Participation in US-Sponsored Economic Forum in Bahrain

    Palestinians Reject Participation in US-Sponsored Economic Forum in Bahrain

    Once again, never missing an opportunity to miss an opportunity.

    Top Palestinian business leaders are following the lead of the Palestinian Authority (PA) and refusing to attend next month’s economic workshop in Bahrain, The New York Times reported Monday.

    The report noted the objections of several prominent Palestinian businessmen. Their primary complaint echoed that of the PA: economic incentives cannot replace the necessary political elements of the peace process, the ending of the Israeli occupation.

    However, Special Representative for International Negotiations of the United States Jason Greenblatt pushed back, asserting that the U.S. viewed both the economic and the political as essential for peace.

    The Times reported:

    Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh said that his government had not been consulted about the economic conference and that an end to the conflict “will only be through political solutions to end the occupation and realize the rights of our people.”

    Palestinians, he said at a cabinet meeting on Monday, “do not trade our national rights for money.”

    Zahi Khouri, who owns the Coca Cola franchise in the West Bank, made an almost identical argument saying, “You insult the people by talking about their quality of life when you keep them locked up,” referring to the occupation.

    The Times report amplified the Palestinian complaint that the Trump administration was too pro-Israel:

    Several businessmen said they simply did not trust the Trump administration, whose actions in the Middle East could have been scripted by Israel’s right wing. The United States recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, moved the American embassy, closed the consulate that had dealt with Ramallah, cut aid to the Palestinians and to the United Nations agency for Palestinian refugees, and pushed to deprive millions of Palestinians of their status as refugees.

    The Times article ignored the fact that the PA has rejected the Trump administration’s pleas to stop incentivizing terror. In fact, PA President Mahmoud Abbas has frequently said that his priority is to continue paying terrorists convicted of killing Jews. He has even reduced payments to civil servants and to support medical care to keep the “pay to slay” program going.

    Nor does the Times mention that when President Obama — who was a lot more favorably disposed toward the Palestinians — was in office, it was Abbas who undermined the administration’s peace efforts in 2014.

    One Palestinian businessman, Ashraf Jabari of Hebron, has bucked the PA, and plans to attend the economic workshop in Bahrain, The Jerusalem Post reported.

    The economic workshop should address the financial issues of Egypt, Lebanon, and Jordan. The administration has sought an estimated $68 billion from donors.

    The U.S. and Bahrain announced that the workshop would take place on June 25 and 26 in a joint statement issued Sunday.

    “Peace to Prosperity” will facilitate discussions on an ambitious, achievable vision and framework for a prosperous future for the Palestinian people and the region, including enhancements to economic governance, development of human capital, and facilitation of rapid private-sector growth. If implemented, this vision has the potential to radically transform lives and put the region on a path toward a brighter future.

    Subsequently, Bahrain’s government issued a statement saying that it remains committed to Palestine with Jerusalem as its capital.

    Peace processors of the past mocked the administration’s efforts:

    Of course, their assumptions about how to achieve peace in the Middle East came crashing down when PA President Arafat rejected Israeli PM Ehud Barak’s peace offer at Camp David in July 2000. You would think people whose premises were proven wrong might, at least, wait and see what happens before criticizing a new approach.

    In any case, once again, the Palestinians have validated Abba Eban’s famous formulation that “they never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity.”

    The PA is crying poverty, and Trump is trying to jumpstart its economy. And they still say, “no.”

    [Photo: AP Archive / YouTube ]


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    puhiawa | May 21, 2019 at 10:08 pm

    Very unlikable people, your ‘Palestinians’. A fine stew of ignorance, backwardness, terrorism, uselessness, Muslim bigotry and strange loud wailing. Rather poor neighbors and definitely bad for property values.

    Before you do anything have every IDF and US Administration Officer go to Yad Vashem and to Sdarot, to look at the damage to the children that “Peace” and “Restraint” has caused. Then. 1) Kill Pallywood, Anyone with a camera gets shot. 2) Use Military Electronic Warfare, Anyone with a Cellphone will have it toasted and infected with viruses, worms ect. 3) Kill the Media, Introduce the New York Times, CNN ect. to Car Bombing, Mail Bombing, Arson, and Targeted Killing. 4) Reintroduce Hamas, Fatah, Hezbulah to Targeted Killing, then Cluster Bomb the Funeral Procession. 5) Repeat #4 over and over again. 6) Cut off all electricity besides closing the crossings to all goods. 7) On Fridays start bombing the Mosques when the Imams start their speeches calling for Jihad. 8) If all else fails, Carpet Bomb and Fire Bomb Gaza and Ramallah until it looks like Dresden, Germany during World War ll.

    Palestinians, he said at a cabinet meeting on Monday, “do not trade our national rights for money.”

    It would seem from their actions that they prefer to discard their non-existent “national” rights for nothing. Not easy to monetize self-righteous falsehoods of denial of reality.

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