Tuesday, January 28, 2020 - 2:00pm

The American Jewish Congress welcomes the bold new Middle East peace plan "Peace to Prosperity" proposed by the Trump Administration. For too long, we have tried the same tired approaches that have consistently failed to make a difference; it is time for a new direction.

Unsurprisingly, the Palestinian Authority (PA) rejected the deal long before it was unveiled and called on the international community to do the same. This is consistent with the PA's aversion to productive negotiations. If Palestinian leadership truly desires to change the status quo and work toward a tangible two-state solution, those leaders must come to the table with a willingness to engage; they must be prepared to offer pragmatic counteroffers and alternatives, rather than blanket rejection. 
President Trump and Jared Kushner deserve credit for constructing a plan that holds the best interests of both Israelis and Palestinians in mind. What the Palestinian people need most is the chance for economic growth, opportunity, and self-sufficiency, and the economic component of the peace plan will facilitate investment, trade, and cooperation. An important part of this will be cooperation with neighboring Arab states, and some of them are already on board with this initiative. We hope that President Abbas truly has the interest of his people in mind and that he will support this plan which sets a course for Palestinians to integrate into the global economy.