The Palestinians have asked Egypt and Jordan to reconsider their participation in the upcoming United States conference in Bahrain under the auspices of the United States, saying it would weaken any Arab opposition to Washington's plan. address the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Wednesday's call came after news agencies quoted by White House anonymous officials said the two countries – along with Morocco – had agreed to join the event in Manama, the capital of Bahrain. , later this month.
Egypt and Jordan have not yet officially confirmed their participation.
Palestinians boycott the meeting and announced Wednesday an alternative conference in the Lebanese capital to voice their opposition to the US initiative.
The event in Beirut will coincide with the meeting of 25 and 26 June in Manama.
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The administration of US President Donald Trump presented the Bahrain meeting as a workshop to boost the Palestinian economy.
Washington considers that the participation of Egypt and Jordan – the only Arab states to have a peace treaty with Israel – is particularly important as both countries have always been key actors in the Middle East peace efforts. East.
But Palestinians say Trump's peace plan – which he hasas marked "the business of the century" – risk of being heavily weighed in favor of Israel and canceling their aspirations for statehood in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip.
Although the outline of Washington's draft plan has not yet been revealed, Palestinian and Arab sources, who have been informed, say it has abandoned the two-state solution.
"The Palestinian Authority is urging Egypt and Jordan not to attend the Bahrain conference," Palestinian government spokesman Ibrahim Melhem said on Facebook.
Melhem urged "all brother and friend countries to withdraw", adding that their participation "would carry false messages on the unity of the Arab position" on the rejection of Trump's plan.
A spokeswoman for the Jordanian government reiterated Wednesday that any peace plan must be based on a two-state solution.
"Any economic proposal can not be a substitute for a political solution ending the [Israeli] the occupation and the achievement of a just and comprehensive peace based on a two-state solution, "said Jumana Ghneimat.
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi said earlier this month that Cairo would not accept anything the Palestinians do not support.
Tareq Baconi, an analyst with the Jerusalem-based International Crisis Group, said Egypt and Jordan were facing strong US pressure to attend the conference in Bahrain.
"This is a big disappointment for the Palestinians because it is a disruption of rank in the Arab region," Baconi told Reuters news agency.
After Israel, Egypt, which received $ 1.3 billion in 2018, is the largest recipient of US military aid. Meanwhile, Jordan benefited from military aid of $ 443 million last year. Both countries are bordering Palestinian areas and Israel.
Lebanese Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil said on Tuesday that Lebanon would not participate in the meeting because "the Palestinians will not participate, and we prefer to have a clear idea of the proposed peace plan, because we have not not consulted or informed about it ".
Israeli and American officials said that Israel had not yet been officially invited, given the talks between the United States and Bahrain on what might be an appropriate composition for an Israeli delegation.
The White House said that Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates had confirmed their presence, but that none of these countries had made any public comment on it.
According to Palestinian media reports, Azzam al-Ahmad, a member of Fatah's Central Committee, arrived in Beirut on Wednesday to begin preparations for the conference.
Speaking on Voice of Palestine radio, al-Ahmad said that Egypt's and Jordan's participation in the Bahrain workshop would be "unjustified", as the two countries previously rejected the American plan to come.
The meeting in Bahrain "has no value and will have no political impact," he added.
The parallel Palestinian conference in Beirut will bring together factions from Palestine Liberation Organization, Other Palestinian political representatives and Arab individuals who "reject any economic bribe in exchange for the sale of Palestinian rights," according to another official.
Maher Tahir, leader of the Syrian – based People 's Left Front for the Liberation of Palestine, called for a grassroots movement in the occupied Palestinian territories and the diaspora to derail the agreement and undermine the peace. Bahrain workshop.
"There is no force in the world to impose on us something that we reject," he told the news agency Ma & # 39; an.
In a letter sent Monday to diplomatic missions, Palestinian chief negotiator Saeb Erekat said the Palestinian economic crisis, which the conference is facing, was actually the result of what he called a "financial war" led by the Trump administration ", as well as the Israeli Occupation.
Washington stopped its aid to Palestinians earlier this year, again beating President Mahmoud Abbas after the controversial recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital late 2017 and the transfer of the US Embassy to Tel Aviv.
"If anyone is interested in the economic development of Palestine, he must tackle the root causes that have prevented Palestinians from reaching their full potential in our country," said M Erekat.
The US plan is likely to be delayed due to political turmoil in Israel, where Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has to fight for a new election after failing to form a government.