Rabat – With the first step of the US Middle East Peace Plan less than a month away, the visit of the plan’s architect, Jared Kushner, to the Middle East has stirred up conflict and protest in both Morocco and the rest of the MENA region.
In late June, the US will be co-hosting an economic conference in Bahrain focused on promoting investment into the Palestinian territories as a means of promoting peace in the region and an end to the ongoing conflict.
Despite “good” intentions, the plan has been met with much criticism from across the Arab world, with many in Palestine seeing the plan as an attempt to pressure Palestine into conceding to Israel.
“This is not a peace plan but rather conditions for surrender,” Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki said. “And there is no amount of money that can make it acceptable,” he said.
Last Friday, on May 31, hundreds of Moroccans gathered in front of parliament to protest the so-called “Deal of the Century” and voice solidarity with Palestinian cause against American meddling in the conflict.
However, Kushner’s latest comments have sparked even greater controversy, with the White House Senior Advisor claiming that Palestine would be incapable of self-governance at this point in time.
When asked about Palestine’s capacity for self-governance, Kushner responded with: “That’s one that we’ll have to see. The hope is that they, over time, will become capable of governing”.
Kushner did comment that he was in favor of Palestinian “self-determination;” however, last month he had indicated that the US would no longer be supporting the long sought after two-state solution.
The Palestinian Authority has already promised to boycott the upcoming economic conference in Bahrain and has encouraged other countries in the Islamic world to do the same.