In breaking news, this weekend the White House unveiled Phase 1 of a new Middle East peace plan, and Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas says he is now willing to negotiate.
Today on the show, we discussed a very interesting development as the President introduced the first phase of his plan to achieve peace between the Israelis and Palestinians.
The White House on Saturday outlined a $50 billion Middle East economic plan that would create a global investment fund to lift the Palestinian and neighboring Arab state economies, and fund a $5 billion transportation corridor to connect the West Bank and Gaza.
The Trump Administration’s hopeful Peace to Prosperity plan reportedly requires a $50 billion dollar investment, funded by the U.S. and other countries, to invest in schools, hospitals, and other infrastructure in the region, in exchange for peace. It’s being billed as the “opportunity of the century.”
White House adviser Jared Kushner announced the plan, and pointed out it is being introduced in a “workshop” in Bahrain to include feedback from neighboring countries in the region. Kushner also said it will not only benefit the Palestinian people, but neighboring countries as well.
“The plan would invest about $50 Billion dollars in the region. It create a million jobs in the West Bank and Gaza. It would take their unemployment rate from about 30% to single digits. It would reduce their poverty rate by half, if it’s implemented correctly. It would double their GDP.”
“More than half goes to the West Bank and Gaza . . . What we also want to do is stimulate Jordan, Egypt, and Lebanon, because if you can get that whole region starting to lift, and your able to get quicker flow of goods, quicker flow of people, . . . instead of bullets and munitions and war, then I think that will really lead to a big increase in investment in the area, and more jobs, and better quality of life, and hopefully more peace along with it.”
Initially Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas refused to participate in any further discussions, but whether he’s seen the benefit to his people or felt pressure from neighboring nations, has since changed his position, stating he will return to the negotiating table with President Trump.
We all agreed it’s a great plan. It certainly feels like the right plan for the Palestinian people.
It’s time for Palestinians to say they’re sick of Hamas. They can have clean water, jobs, quality schools and hospitals, and eventually a thriving economy, and possibly even a tourism industry.
Simply put, the Palestinians can have a hopeful future, if they just stop the violence and turn their backs on terrorism.
We also updated the White House’s maximum pressure campaign on Iran, as today President Trump announced hard hitting sanctions on the Iranian government until it stops blackmailing our allies, stops attacking oil tankers in the region, and stops supporting terrorism.
You can listen to the entire episode here.
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