Palestinians reject invite to meeting on Mideast


Beforehand, Kushner, Greenblatt and other administration officials will travel to the Warsaw conference on the Mideast on February 13-14 and meet with foreign officials regarding the peace plan.

Jared Kushner and Jason Greenblatt, two top advisers to the U.S. president tasked with negotiating a peace deal between Israelis and Palestinians, will be going on a tour of Arab countries to exhibit the Trump's administration's plan, a White House official said on Thursday. "The economic plan only works if the region supports it", said one official who briefed a small group of reporters.

The American team will not discuss with their Arab hosts the "political component" of the Trump peace plan, which, according to administration official, "covers all core issues of the decades-old conflict between Israel and the Palestinians".

Kushner and Greenblatt will be looking for the countries to back the concepts of the economic plan, but will not be asking for immediate financial pledges, mindful that these governments will first want to see details of the political settlement the Trump administration plans to offer, two senior White House officials said.

Among those expected to attend are Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, as well as US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Mr Kushner and Middle East envoy Jason Greenblatt.

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They see the eastern part of the disputed city as the capital of their future state and have said Washington's pro-Israel bias meant the U.S. could no longer be the main mediator in stalled Palestinian-Israeli peace talks.

Palestinian President Mohammed Abbas refuses to negotiate with the United States after President Trump made a decision to move the USA embassy to Jerusalem and declare the Holy City as Israel's capital.

Trump has said the Gulf Arab nations should play a bigger role in assisting Palestinians even as the United States has cut back much of its assistance.

"Their [the Arab countries] support, I'm sure in some manner, will be conditioned on whether they are comfortable with the political plan", the official said.

Instead, they will gauge the level of support for the economic part of the plan, which is expected to include a combination of aid and investment to help the Palestinian people, the officials said.