US special envoy Jason Greenblatt said during an interview with Bloomberg Television, that despite PA President Mahmoud Abbas preemptively rejecting the Mideast Peace plan, the Palestinian people are very interested in it.
In addition, he said that the United States was not seeking a regime change in the West Bank, but he said that the country will continue to avoid any relationship with Hamas, the Islamist group that controls the Gaza Strip.
“We are not seeking a regime change, President Abbas is the leader of the Palestinians, so we hope he will be able to come to the negotiating table,” Greenblatt said during the interview
“We hope to have an ongoing commitment or eventual re-engagement with the Palestinian Authority,” he added.
Greenblatt also gave no indication of when the US Mideast Peace plan will be unveiled. He did say that Trump will “decide soon” whether he would unveil the peace plan before the outcome of the Israeli elections or after.
As of now, only the economic aspect of the plan has been revealed by Special Advisor Jared Kushner. The economic part of the peace plan essentially consists of $50 billion to go towards the real needs of the Palestinian people.
The plan seeks to double the gross domestic product (GDP) of Palestinians, create approximately one million jobs for Palestinians, reduce unemployment in the West Bank and Gaza from 30 percent to single digits, and halve the percentage of poverty among the Palestinian population.
The Trump Administration wants to raise a good chunk of these funds from Jordan, Egypt, and Lebanon as part of its plan. According to the White House report, $15 billion of the total $50 billion investment will come from grants, $25 billion in the form of subsidized loans and approximately $11 billion from private capital.
The money contributed by the US and these donor countries will finance 179 economic projects in areas such as infrastructure, water, energy, telecommunications, tourism, and medical services. Of that total, 147 of the projects will be for the West Bank and Gaza, 15 for Jordan, 12 in Egypt and five in Lebanon.
The proposal includes tens of millions of dollars that will be allocated to connect Gaza and the Sinai Peninsula for infrastructure – such as upgrading high-voltage lines and increasing electricity supply – and trade.
The plan includes the construction of a five billion dollar pathway such a road or possibly a railroad between the West Bank and Gaza. It also seeks to inject 950 million dollars in the tourism industry for the Palestinians.