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The Palestinian issue is certainly the issue of the Arabs and Muslims. The Kingdom always reaffirms its firm position on the Palestinian issue and its solution according to the Arab Peace Initiative by establishing an independent Palestinian state on the 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital. 

The Palestinian issue no way can be subjected to polemics or confined and taken out of its normal course to other courses. The goal we seek is based on the two-state solution and to have Jerusalem as the capital of a Palestinian state. 

This viable solution is confronted with an Israeli intransigence and an almost silent international stance.

The Peace to Prosperity Conference, which kicked off its activities in Bahrain's Manama yesterday, aims to promote investment in the Palestinian territories, exchange ideas, discuss strategies and mobilize support for economic investments that can be achieved through the peace agreement. 

It is widely regarded as the economic and major aspect of the so-called (Deal of the Century) whose political features are becoming apparent. 

The US administration believes that it is still not a good time, and does not want failure to hit the peace plan in the event of its declaration. Thus, the decision was made to start the economic aspect, which, according to US President son-in-law Jared Kushner, will try to avoid the many political issues that have made peace far-fetched, such as the establishment of a Palestinian state, the situation of Jerusalem and the measures taken by Israel under the pretext of security and refugees. Despite the importance of the economic aspect, it cannot be to the detriment of the political aspect which is the core of the conflict. 

Both courses should be integrated to reach the best solutions represented in the establishment of the Palestinian state on the June 4th, 1967 borders, along with the improvement of the Palestinian people's conditions, but not the economic conditions until they get their legitimate rights recognized by the international community via its resolutions and confirmed by the Arab Peace Initiative in 2002.

It is unreasonable to confine the entire Palestinian issue to the economic aspect. The Arab-Israeli conflict's core is not an economic, but based on existentialism, and legitimate right that cannot be outrun or postponed to no end.


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