Generations of Palestinians have lived without ever knowing peace. The West Bank has fallen into a state of prolonged crisis. And throughout much of Gaza, families must subsist with barely a few hours of working electricity each day.
The Palestinian story will not end here, however. Although failed by a long line of violent “leaders” who seek perpetual war and terror over peace and prosperity, most Palestinian people want to build a real future for both themselves and their children.
A few hours ago, White House senior advisor Jared Kushner addressed world business leaders alongside key Middle East officials in Manama, Bahrain. He laid out a remarkable “opportunity of the century” economic plan, which would constitute the most ambitious and comprehensive international effort for Palestinians to date.
“The conventional wisdom about the fate of the Palestinians is remarkably consistent,” Kushner said. “In meeting after meeting, and conference after conference, I hear the same broken record of negativity about why progress is not possible.”
Yet “while politicians pay lip service, the world moves forward, and the Palestinian people continue to be left behind,” he added.
Peace to Prosperity is President Donald J. Trump’s political and economic vision for a vibrant, free Middle East. Today, Kushner laid out the economic half of that plan. The goal is to allow the Palestinian and Israeli people an opportunity to see what a prosperous Middle East looks like before discussing a political roadmap to peace.
The economic plan rests on addressing three crucial pillars of Palestinian society: the economy, the people, and the government:
- Unleash economic potential by providing investors with confidence that their assets will be secure with improved property rights, rule of law, fiscal sustainability, capital markets, and anti-corruption policies
- Empower the Palestinian people through education, workforce development, and an improved quality of life
- Enhance Palestinian Governance by encouraging the Palestinian public sector to provide the services and administration necessary for a better future
“My direct message to the Palestinian people, is that despite what those who have let you down in the past say, President Trump and America have not given up on you,” Kushner said.
(See President Trump’s economic vision for the Palestinian people Peace To Prosperity
Jon Lerner in CNN: Trump Middle East Plan