The United States has reportedly been pushing Gulf states to invest in economic projects for Gaza to be built in Egypt’s northern Sinai, Haaretz reported on Sunday.
Three sources told the Israeli newspaper that the proposed Gulf-funded projects are aimed at generating momentum before the unveiling of a US peace plan.
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The idea will be raised during a regional tour this week by White House adviser Jared Kushner and US President Donald Trump’s special envoy for the Middle East, according to the report.
The projects reportedly include a port, solar energy grid, and water desalination plant to be set up in northern Sinai near the Egyptian city of al-Arish to serve Gaza.
"The U.S. was seeking to permanently separate the Gaza Strip from the West Bank on the pretext of "humanitarian" intervention, going on to stress its total rejection of a backchannel U.S. peace plan known as the "Deal of the Century"." https://t.co/DIKxxDLKjw
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According to the report,
“The sources said that overall the White House hoped that somewhere between $500 million and $1 billion would be raised.”
The report comes after Palestinian Authority spokesman said US efforts to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict are “doomed to fail”.
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Nabil Abu Rudeina said on Saturday that Kushner and Jason Greenblatt’s tour will produce “no results”.
According to Israeli media, they will speak this week with the leaders of Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Jordan, and Israel.
The New Yorker describes tense relationship between Trump administration and PA, which has deteriorated ever since Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem
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US President Donald Trump has vowed to broker the “deal of the century” to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
The Palestinian Authority broke off official contact with the Trump administration after the US recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
The current blueprint for the US peace plan foresees a demilitarised Palestinian state with full Israeli control of its borders and airspace.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the embassy move was a reason for celebration.
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has described it as the "slap of the century". #DemForce https://t.co/GWifZTJAoe
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Illegal Israeli settlements will remain in place in the occupied West Bank, while East Jerusalem has effectively been taken off the negotiating table following Trump’s recognition of the city as Israel’s capital and the subsequent relocation of the US embassy from Tel Aviv.
PA leader Mahmoud Abbas has shunned Trump’s peace efforts as the “slap of the century”.