The Kushner Plan and the Bahrain Economic Workshop:
An Official Palestinian Respective

Tuesday, June 18, 2018
9:45 – 11:00 AM

National Press Club
First Amendment Lounge
529 14th St., NW
Washington, DC 20045

Keynote Conversation:

Dr. Hanan Ashrawi (via video conference)
Palestinian leader, legislator, human rights activist, and scholar
Member of the PLO Executive Committee

Khalil Jahshan – Moderator
Executive Director, Arab Center Washington DC

Background:

On June 25-26, the United States and Bahrain will host an “economic workshop” in Manama, presented as the first phase of the long-awaited peace plan by the Trump Administration, headed by Jared Kushner.

While Palestinians have rejected the invitation, some Arab countries and international finance organizations are expected to participate. These developments elicit a number of questions:

  • Why is the Palestinian leadership boycotting the event? Can any process succeed without Palestinian participation? Why was Dr. Ashrawi’s US visa denied?
  • Would Israeli politics and the September elections influence the workshop and the unveiling of the full plan? What are the implications of geopolitical developments regarding Iran and the recent Mecca meetings? Will Arab states abandon the Arab peace initiative?
  • What are the prospects of this economic approach and the likely outcomes of the workshop? Is this economic plan a replacement for political and human rights? Is there a serious peace proposal that addresses the core issues of occupation, statehood, and rights?