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Palestinians clash with Israeli forces in protest at Kushner's economic peace plan

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Published on June 25, 2019 - Duration: 00:58s

Palestinians clash with Israeli forces in protest at Kushner's economic peace plan

Palestinians staged protests on Tuesday across the West Bank and Gaza as the first stage of President Donald Trump's Middle East peace plan was launched at a conference the White House touts as a bid to begin drumming up $50 billion in investment, but which Palestinians deride as an "economy first" approach doomed to fail.

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Palestinians clash with Israeli forces in protest at Kushner's economic peace plan

The Trump administration prepared to launch its $50 billion economic formula for Israeli-Palestinian peace in Bahrain on Tuesday but the Palestinian leadership reiterated its disdain for the plan and Saudi Arabia, envisaged as one of its main bank-rollers, also indicated some reservations.

The two-day international meeting, led by Trump's son-in-law and senior advisor Jared Kushner, has been billed as the first part of Washington's broader political blueprint to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

But the political details of the plan, which has been almost two years in the making, remain a secret.

And neither the Israeli nor Palestinian governments will attend the curtain-raising event in Manama.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, whose Palestinian Authority exercises limited self-rule in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, was scathing about its prospects of success.

In Gaza and the West Bank, Palestinians protested against the plan and burned portraits of U.S. President Donald Trump.

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