The High Stakes of
Middle East Peace
Saudi Arabia Urges Palestinians
To Get On Board With
The Trump Peace Plan
and Make Peace With Israel
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has offered Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas $10 billion if he accepts US President Donald Trump’s plan for peace in the Middle East, also known as the “deal of the century,” the Lebanese newspaper Al Akhbar reported on Tuesday.
Referring to meetings between the Saudi crown prince and Abbas, the newspaper said that “according to information obtained by Al-Akhbar, Salman briefed Abbas about the details of the Trump Peace Plan and asked him to accept it.
Salman asked Abbas: What is the annual budget of your entourage? Abbas replied: I’m not a prince to have my own entourage.”
At that stage, the Saudi crown prince asked Abbas “How much money does the Palestinian Authority and its ministers and employees need?”
Abbas replied that the Palestinians need $1 billion each year, the report said.
Bin Salman then offered Abbas the largest sum ever offered for accepting peace with Israel. He offered him $10 billion over a period of ten years if he accepts the US peace plan and has the Palestinian government’s base or capitol become Abu Dis, a suburb of Jerusalem instead of East Jerusalem.
Abbas, however, rejected the offer saying it would “mean the end of my political life,” the report added.
On 23 April, senior US presidential advisor, Jared Kushner, said that the American peace proposal would be unveiled after the Muslim month of fasting which ends in early June.
Kushner continues tp stress that the deal is unique and not an effort to impose “US will on the Middle East”.
Saudi Arabia’s offer reveals how far they’ve come in just a few years due to the emerging threat of Iran.
Saudi Arabia now to recognizes the strategic importance of allying with Israel and being protected under the safety net of the US-Israel alliance against Iran!
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This month we will be highlighting Middle East current events in preparation for our upcoming Mid East Report on June 11, 2019Registration