Report: Palestinians Ask U.S. for Funds to Build Airport, Cement Factory

The Times of Israel reports: In the lead-up to US President Donald Trump’s visit to Israel and the West Bank next week, senior Palestinian Authority officials have presented a list of requests to the US government for economic projects that they say will help jumpstart their economy.

Trump, who has expressed his desire to seal “the ultimate deal” in an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement, has also voiced his support for “efforts to unlock the potential of the Palestinian economy,” which PA and US officials have discussed on a number of occasions since the US president came in to office in January.

Among the requests presented by PA President Mahmoud Abbas’s entourage during a visit to Washington earlier this month were an airport in the West Bank, hotels on the the coast of the Dead Sea, a power station in the northern West Bank and a cement factory in Bethlehem.

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