The Trump administration will start unveiling its long-promised Israeli-Palestinian peace plan at a June 25-26 economic "workshop" in Bahrain, the White House announced Sunday. The conference, involving finance ministers and business executives, is being described as Phase 1, with the second part, dealing with the difficult political solutions, being rolled out later this year. The workshop's goal is to secure tens of billions of dollars from wealthy Gulf Arab states and donors in Europe and Asia, with minimal U.S. investment; the reported target of $68 billion would go toward infrastructure, industry, and government reform in the Palestinian territories, Jordan, Egypt, and Lebanon. Experts in the region cast doubt on the efficacy of putting the economic carrots in front of the political thorns.
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