White House aide Jared Kushner, along with officials Jason Greenblatt and Brian Hook, plans to visit Morocco before travelling to Jordan and Israel in preparation for Washington’s upcoming economic conference in Bahrain.
Rabat – As the Middle East prepares for the American-organized peace conference in Bahrain next month, there remains significant skepticism and opposition towards the United States’s plans for brokering peace between Israel and Palestine.
Meanwhile, American President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and White House aide Jared Kushner has decided to tour the Middle East prior to the conference. The tour is an attempt to sway popular opinion and win support for the American-led Middle East Peace Plan.
Accompanying Kushner are Trump’s special envoy for international negotiations Jason Greenblatt, and Trump’s special Iran envoy Brian Hook.
Kushner first plans to visit Morocco before traveling to Jordan and Israel later this week Hoping to win over the populations of countries involved with the Peace Deal, which has become the subject of severe criticism from the Middle East.
The planned conference in Bahrain stirred up controversy earlier this month when it was discovered that the Palestinian Authority had not been consulted during the planning process of the conference. The planned conference is supposedly focused around developing Palestine and resolving the country’s conflict with Israel.
As a result, the Palestinian Authority has already refused to attend the conference, citing additional concerns that the plan would force Palestinians to “sell [their] country.”
“We will inform Bahrain that we will not take part in such a conference,” said Nabil Shaath, an adviser to Palestinian State President Mahmoud Abbas. “We will not sell our country based on an economic project.”
The Palestinian Authority has also urged other Arab nations to boycott the conference, though Saudi Arabia, the UAE, and Qatar have already declared their support for, and participation in the conference.