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“With both Israeli and Palestinian officials absent from an upcoming economic summit in Bahrain, how much progress can possibly be made at what has been described as the first step in the US administration’s long-awaited plan for Middle East peace?
According to American Enterprise Institute resident scholar and former Pentagon official Michael Rubin, “A donors’ conference absent Israelis and Palestinians would be a bit of an embarrassment. That [being] said, both economic integration and Palestinian self-sufficiency are keys to a better future, deal or no deal.”
Despite being told Israel would participate in the conference by the United States, Jerusalem has yet to receive an invitation to the event. Although the Prime Minister’s Office has denied reports Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has no intention of “chasing an invitation,” it appears Netanyahu respects Washington’s decision on the matter, a senior Israeli official told Channel 13 News.
On Tuesday, however, Netanyahu indicated Israeli officials would be attending the conference, although he did not provide further details.”
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