Middle East

US envoy: Economic plan will not happen without Palestinian-Israeli agreement

US President Donald Trumps Middle East envoy, Jason Greenblatt, told Al Arabiya that Kushners economic plan “will not move forward” without a political agreement, reiterating his criticism of the Palestinian Authority's unwillingness to discuss the plan.

“Jared Kushner and a very skilled team from the US government put forth this $50 billion plan to help Palestinians, Jordanians, Egyptians, and the Lebanese. But none of it will work unless theres a political plan that both sides, the Israelis and the Palestinians agree to,” Greenblatt said.

The US envoy to the Middle East, Jason Greenblatt, told Al Arabiya that Kushners economic plan for the Palestinians “will not move forward” without a political agreement.https://t.co/vmiMVU7QZF pic.twitter.com/LHxVpaUtIZ

— Al Arabiya English (@AlArabiya_Eng) July 11, 2019

The US envoy also said that he thinks people are manipulating answers given by officials about the Bahrain conference. “There are spoilers out there that are saying that this is nothing other than a bribe to the Palestinians.”

In the interview with Al Arabiyas Nadia Bilbassy, Greenblatt wanted to send a message to the audience: “I want to reiterate for your audience that we understand there is no economic peace alone, but we also want to drive home the point that there is no political peace without making sure the Palestinian lives are improved economically.”

Speaking about the US peace plan, Greenblatt said that it is roughly 60 pages which will be handed to the Palestinians and Israelis, calling on Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas not to make any preconditions just to come back to the discussion table.

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