Almost All Palestinians Distrust US Economic Plan

West Bank, MINA – Ninety percent of the 1,200 people polled held in West Bank Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research said they did not believe or trust Washington’s claim that the Bahrain meetings aimed to improve Palestinians’ economic conditions.

Nine in ten Palestinians do not believe or trust the US government’s claim that its recently unveiled economic plan aims to improve their economic wellbeing, a poll published Wednesday found. Voa news reported.

President Donald Trump’s administration presented the economic part of its Israeli-Palestinian peace proposals, dubbed ‘Peace to Prosperity, in the Bahraini capital Manama on June 25-6.

The Palestinians refused to attend the conference, accusing the US of systematic pro-Israel bias.

Peace with Israel will not be possible without resolving the dispute over Jerusalem, which both Israelis and Palestinians claim as their capital

Trump’s son-in-law and senior advisor Jared Kushner, who is leading the peace plan, has said he is seeking to reach out to ordinary Palestinians, by passing their leaders.

But the survey also found 79 percent of the Palestinian population supported their leaders’ boycott of the conference, while just 15 percent were opposed to that position.

More than three quarters believed the US plan would not bring prosperity to the Palestinian economy.

The Trump administration has taken a series of steps that have stoked Palestinian anger, including recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital in December 2017.

Palestinians consider the eastern part of the city the capital of their own future state and Trump’s move broke with decades of consensus. (T/P2)

Mi’raj News Agency (MINA)