After weeks of hesitation, the United Nations announced Wednesday that it is sending its deputy Middle East coordinator to attend the unveiling of the economic component of a new US peace plan.
Jamie McGoldrick, who is also the UN’s humanitarian coordinator in the occupied Palestinian territories, will travel to Bahrain for the June 25-26 conference, said UN spokesman Farhan Haq.
The occupied Palestinian territory Humanitarian Response Plan 2019 jointly launched in Ramallah by the Humanitarian Coordinator Jamie McGoldrick & the Minister of Social Development. US$350 million needed to address critical humanitarian needs. #Palestine https://t.co/6IpDor2U5k
— Roberto Valent (@RobertoValentUN) December 17, 2018
President Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner has been drafting the long-awaited peace plan that has already been rejected by the Palestinians, who expect the proposals to heavily favor Israel.
The plan is aimed at providing economic opportunities for the Palestinians, but Kushner has hinted that it will not endorse international calls for the creation of a Palestinian state.
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Several UN resolutions have enshrined the two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as the path to a peace settlement.
The Palestinian Authority has already said it will boycott the Bahrain conference after it cut ties with the US administration over Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
‘Disappointed’ Palestinians urge Arabs to avoid Bahrain ‘workshop’ – The Jerusalem Post https://t.co/PTW1CWKZns
— Jerome Chenu (@JrmChenu) June 13, 2019
The United Nations said in late May that it was not planning to send a representative to the Bahrain conference.
US Moved its Embassy to Jerusalem
(Addition by GVS news desk)
The United States moved its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem on 14th May to coincide with Israel’s 70th Independence Day, the State Department said late February, in a move reversing decades of U.S. policy.
The United States Embassy's annual July 4th reception will be held for the first time this year in Israel's capital: #Jerusalem.https://t.co/WHOW0YWlo4
— The Jerusalem Post (@Jerusalem_Post) June 1, 2019
“This is a great day for the people of Israel,” Israel’s Premier Netanyahu said in the statement. “This decision will turn the 70th anniversary of Israeli independence into an even bigger celebration. Thank you, President Trump, for your leadership and your friendship.”
The decision lauded by many in Israel but garnered criticism from around the world.
I would like to congratulate Donald Trump, the President of the US @POTUS on his decision to transfer the US Embassy to our capital on Israel's 70th Independence Day. There is no greater gift than that! The most just and correct move. Thanks friend!
— ישראל כ”ץ Israel Katz (@Israel_katz) February 23, 2018
May 14th 1948, President Truman recognizes Israel.
May 14th 2018, @POTUS Trump will move the US Embassy to Jerusalem.
70 years apart.Two historic decisions. One united capital.
— Ron Dermer – רון דרמר (@AmbDermer) February 23, 2018
AFP with additional input by GVS news desk