Israel’s Haaretz newspaper reported that the administration of US President Donald Trump is trying to persuade the Persian Gulf Arab monarchies to invest in Gaza economic projects in a bid to calm the situation in the Israeli-blocked territory before Washington unveils its so-called Middle East peace plan

Israeli forces stand near the controversial separation wall bearing graffiti depicting US President Donald Trump during clashes with Palestinian protesters near an Israeli checkpoint in the West Bank city of Bethlehem on December 7, 2017. (Photo by AFP)

Haaretz quoted Israeli and Arab sources as saying that Washington hoped that it could raise between $500 million and $1 billion.

The US-Palestine ties deteriorated last December, when Washington recognized Jerusalem al-Quds as the “capital” of Israel and announced plans to transfer the US embassy from Tel Aviv to the occupied city.

The contentious move led President Mahmoud Abbas to formally declare that the Palestinians would no longer accept the US as a mediator to resolve their decades-long row with Israel because Washington was “completely biased” towards Tel Aviv.

The Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) says the so-called peace plan, which is expected to be unveiled by the United States, is aimed at normalizing the Israeli apartheid with the Americans serving as the spokesmen for the regime’s occupation.

In yet another hostile move, the Trump administration said in January that it would withhold $65 million of a $125 million aid installment to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA).

PressTV.com / AA Magnum Flash Point Apartheid News 2018.

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