Dubbed Peace to Prosperity, the Manama economic workshop is off to a rocky start.
Palestinians are boycotting the conference. They say it fails to address the core political issues, key to ending the long-running Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The Israeli side meanwhile, has been snubbed by the White House. Government officials didn’t get an invite to the event.
Which begs the question, what progress can be made, without either the Palestinians or Israelis at the table?
- Alan Dershowitz, a Harvard Law Professor Emeritus.
- Bernard Avishai, a professor of Political Economy at Dartmouth College and a regular contributor to the New Yorker magazine.
For more on the Manama Economic Conference:
- Moien Odeh, Attorney focusing on human rights and international law.
- Khalil Jahshan, executive director of the Arab Center in Washington D.C.
UPDATE: Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas says he is confident the US-sponsored Bahrain conference on Mideast "peace plan" will fail https://t.co/UPjndCmRo9
— TRT World (@trtworld) June 24, 2019
The conference will discuss the economic chapter of Washington's Middle East peace plan, without the presence of Israeli or Palestinian officialshttps://t.co/e4k8y9jIuH
— Haaretz.com (@haaretzcom) June 24, 2019
“The Palestinian people reject the deal of the century and reject the Manama workshop and all its outcomes. The Palestinian leadership refuses the Arab participation in the conference and considers it as normalisation with the Israeli occupation”https://t.co/zfSNZfGjd8
— Middle East Eye (@MiddleEastEye) June 24, 2019