On Tuesday, June 11, it was announced that Jordan, Egypt and Morocco will also participate in the US-led economic conference in Bahrain. Qatar, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia had already agreed to participate. It is the economic aspect of Trump’s forthcoming peace plan that will be discussed at the conference.
The Trump administration and Bahrain announced in mid-May that they would hold an economic workshop in the Bahraini capital, Manama, on June 25 and 26. The purpose of the workshop is “to lay the foundations for an ambitious, achievable vision and a framework for a prosperous future for the Palestinian people and the region,” writes the online newspaper Times of Israel.
The meeting in Bahrain will organize the economic part of the United States’ forthcoming peace plan to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. It is expected that the participating countries will promise to contribute several hundred billion kroner.
Nevertheless, the Palestinian leadership has flatly rejected the conference. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas says no Palestinian leaders will attend. The Palestinians will also not accept what is agreed at the conference.
It is not yet known whether Israel has been invited to the conference. The chances that Israel will also participate are greater now that both Jordan and Egypt – the only two Arab countries with which Israel has diplomatic relations – will participate. If Israel is invited, Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon is likely to attend.
The United States’ new peace plan, which Trump has referred to as the “agreement of the century”, was scheduled to be rolled out after the Israeli election in April, but due to the new elections in Israel, the plan has been delayed.