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Trump administration not inviting Israeli officials to Bahrain summit, according to report

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Russia, China and the Palestinian Authority will not attend.

By JNS and EJP

The Trump administration will not invite Israeli officials to its upcoming economic summit in Bahrain on June 25-26 when it reveal the first part of its highly anticipated Mideast peace deal for Israelis and Palestinians.

Axios and Israel’s Channel 13 first reported the development.

Although Israel was told by the United States that it would receive an invitation, when it didn’t arrive in the past few days, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said behind closed doors that he wasn’t going to “chase an invitation,” though the Prime Minister’s office denied that.

Netanyahu has no issue with Israel not being invited and respects the decision, a senior Israeli official told Channel 13 and Axios.

“The goal of the workshop in Bahrain is to present our economic vision for the Palestinian people,” said a senior U.S. official. “As such, we want to focus on the economic aspects and not the political ones.”

Jason Greenblatt, one of the architects of the workshop, said at the Jerusalem Post Conference that the summit “is aimed to show what could happen to the Palestinian economy if there’s a peace agreement. We understand completely that there is no economic vision that’ll work without a peace agreement. But we also want to make the point that there will be no peace agreement that works without true economic vision. We’re trying to break the cycle of aid and dependence and create an economy. They work hand in hand.”

In addition to Israel, Russia, China and the Palestinian Authority will not be in attendance.

The European Union will only send a “technical level official” to Bahrain, said European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs Federica Mogherini, who met with senior White House adviser and presidential son-in-law Jared Kushner last week in advance of the conference.

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