Stories by Barak Ravid of Israel's Channel 13 news

Bahrain foreign minister: Palestinians made a mistake by boycotting peace conference

MANAMA, Bahrain — Bahraini Foreign Minister Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa told me in an exclusive interview for Channel 13 news and Axios that the Palestinians made a mistake not showing up to the U.S.-led conference in Manama, where the Trump administration is launching the economic portion of its peace plan.

Kushner opens Bahrain conference with speech aimed at Palestinians

Jared Kushner at the U.S. Embassy opening in Jerusalem, 2018. Photo: Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images

MANAMA, Bahrain Jared Kushner used the opening speech of the Bahrain conference on President Trump's Middle East peace plan to speak directly to the Palestinian public.

Why it matters: Trump is deeply distrusted by Palestinian leaders, who are boycotting the conference. The White House "peace team," which Kushner leads, is attempting to go over their heads and convince the Palestinian people the plan includes major economic opportunities.

Frosty U.S.-Palestinian ties shape Bahrain peace plan conference

Kushner at the opening of the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem. Photo: Ilia Yefimovich/picture alliance via Getty Images

Manama, Bahrain — The U.S.-led conference to launch the economic part of the Trump administration's Israeli-Palestinian peace plan will begin today in Bahrain amid an ever-growing crisis between the White House and Palestinian leadership.

Why it matters: The White House and the Palestinian Authority are both hoping Palestinian public opinion will favor their narrative around the plan.