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A top Palestinian negotiator said in an op-ed published late Wednesday that President Trump wants the surrender of his people, not peace. 

Saeb Erekat, the Palestine Liberation Organization’s secretary general, argued in The New York Times  that the Trump administration’s proposed economic summit in Bahrain to promote investment in the Palestinians will not address the underlying issues surrounding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. 

“There will be no economic prosperity in Palestine without the end of the occupation,” he wrote. {mosads}

“The members of Mr. Trump’s Middle East team claim that they want to boost the Palestinian economy and improve Palestinian lives, but economic growth can never be a substitute for the right to live in dignity, free from military occupation and oppression, in our homeland,” he added. “The main obstacle to Palestinian economic growth is clear: the occupation.”

He also said that Palestinian leadership was not consulted on the plan. 

“What the Trump administration is seeking is not a peace agreement but a Palestinian declaration of surrender,” he added.

The White House announced on Sunday that it would be holding the “Peace to Prosperity” meeting that  will encourage investment in the West Bank, in Gaza and throughout the region.

The meeting is one piece of the administration’s plan for peace in the region, which U.S.  negotiator and presidential son-in-law Jared Kushner has said will be revealed as early as June. 

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas ceased negotiations with the U.S. when Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. 

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