Why Bahrain Isn’t a Good Deal for Palestinians

| Emile Nakhleh
Emile Nakhleh
Former Member, CIA's Senior Intelligence Service

The U.S. Administration is facing a tough sell as it leads the Bahrain Workshop in just under two weeks in what is widely seen as the first phase of the administration’s Middle East peace plan. The plan looks to large-scale investment in infrastructure improvement in the Palestinian territories, largely funded by wealthy Arab neighbors.

The U.S. says that the meeting will not address core political issues that include designating borders for a Palestinian state, the status of Jerusalem or Israeli security demands.

Egypt, Morocco and Jordan have said that they will attend the talks, but Palestinian leaders are boycotting the gathering. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said recently that the political issues should be dealt with first.

In this Cipher Brief OpEd, expert Emile Nakhleh breaks down the broader strategic issues and why the Palestinians are boycotting the meeting.

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The Author is Emile Nakhleh

Emile Nakhleh is a retired CIA Senior Intelligence Service Officer and founding director of the CIA’s Political Islam Strategic Analysis Program Office. Nakhleh is currently a Research Professor and Director of the Global and National Security Policy Institute at the University of New Mexico. Since retiring from the government in 2006, he has consulted on national security issues, particularly Islamic radicalization, terrorism and the Arab states of the Middle East. Nakhleh holds a... Read More

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