The Trump administration's Peace to Prosperity economic conference is set to begin Tuesday in Manama، Bahrain، with international diplomats، officials and business people set to attend، as the Palestinians continue to protest holding the conference without a diplomatic solution in tow.
The conference will discuss the economic chapter of Washington's Middle East peace plan led by U.S. President Donald Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner، but will not include official representatives of Israel or the Palestinian Authority.
Officials from Europe and other Arab countries have been invited to the conference، as well as private sector business leaders from multiple countries and industries. The Palestinian Authority is boycotting the conference and has succeeded in convincing Palestinian business leaders not to attend as well. Arab countries such as Iraq and Lebanon have also announced they won’t be participating. Arab countries that will be in attendance include Egypt، Saudi Arabia، the United Arab Emirates and Qatar. Jordan has also signaled it will send a representative to the gathering، but the country’s foreign minister threw cold water on the conference this week by stating that it shouldn’t be taken too seriously. Morocco is also expected to take part، although it is not clear what their level of representation will be. Hundreds of Jordanians marched in the capital of Amman on Friday to denounce Washington's peace plan to end the Arab-Israeli conflict and demand their government boycott the conference.
Although Jordan will join the conference to roll out the economic parts of Trump's plan، it will deliver a message there that no cash offers can replace a political solution to end Israel's occupation of the West Bank، officials say.
The U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem warned employees on Friday of anti-American demonstrations that could take place in the West Bank and Gaza during the summit and forbade employees from travelling in the West Bank. The demonstrations are expected to take place from Monday to Wednesday.
A general strike has been announced in the Gaza Strip for Tuesday، with marches set to take place along the coastal enclave in protest of the conference. On Monday، several demonstrations were held in the West Bank، with protestors clashing with Israeli security forces in Hebron.