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Israel will attend US-sponsored Bahrain conference

TEL AVIV: Israel will participate in a forthcoming US-backed conference in Bahrain on proposals for Palestine’s economy as part of a coming so-called peace plan, the regime’s Foreign Minister Israel Katz says.

A source told Reuters on Sunday that Israel would dispatch a business delegation, but no government officials to the Bahrain economic workshop scheduled for June 25-26, which has been boycotted by the Palestinian leaders.

“Israel will be at the Bahrain conference and all the coordination will be made,” Katz said told Israeli Channel 13 News in New York without giving further details. The Foreign Ministry and a spokesman for Katz also declined to comment.

The United States announced last week it would co-host the June 25-26 meeting in Bahrain’s capital city of Manama, purportedly to encourage investment in the occupied West Bank and the besieged Gaza Strip.

However, Palestinian officials say the real aim is to pave the ground for the administration of US President Donald Trump to unveil its much-hyped “deal of the century,” which they have already rejected as a non-starter.

The Palestinian resistance movement, Hamas, has condemned attempts by certain Arab countries to normalize ties with Israel as well as the Bahrain conference in support of Trump’s controversial proposal.

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