Bahrain – Jared Kushner trolls Palestinians

Jared Kushner at the “Peace to Prosperity” workshop in Manama, Bahrain (June 25, 2019)

Ali Abunimah

The Electronic Intifada  /  June 27, 2019

I appeared on TRT’s program The Newsmakers this week to debate the supposed $50 billion investment plan for Palestinians launched by US presidential adviser Jared Kushner in Bahrain this week.

The other guests were Tom Gross, a far-right anti-Palestinian commentator, and Debra Shushan of the liberal Zionist group Americans for Peace Now.

I told the show that Kushner’s “Peace to Prosperity” plan was a giant trolling exercise so that at the end of the day he and his associates can claim that they tried to help the Palestinians who stubbornly refused to accept a generous opportunity.

As Shushan pointed out, this would then lay the ground for Israel to annex the occupied West Bank in whole or in part with US blessing.

 

I also spoke to Marc Steiner of The Real News about Kushner’s plan highlighting how a major goal of the Bahrain conference was to publicly normalize relations between Israel and a Saudi-led coalition of Gulf states to cement the US-led front that aims to escalate conflict with Iran.

The Palestinian cause, I explained, stands in the way of full consummation of the Saudi-Israeli alliance.

Ali Abunimah is co-founder of The Electronic Intifada and author of The Battle for Justice in Palestine, now out from Haymarket Books.