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US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman and U.S. National Security Adviser, Ambassador John Bolton, visit at the US Embassy in Jerusalem, on August 21, 2018.

The U.S. Embassy in Israel issued a warning Friday to its employees, barring them from travel to Judea and Samaria during the ‘Peace to Prosperity’ workshop set to take place this week in Bahrain on June 25-26. The first, economic element of the “Centennial Plan” — as Saudi Arabia refers to the Trump Administration’s ‘Deal of the Century’ — was published by the White House on Friday ahead of the workshop.

READ: Peace to Prosperity – A New Vision for the Palestinian People and the Broader Middle East (White House publication)


The embassy is warning that anti-American demonstrations could take place in Palestinian Authority-controlled areas of Judea and Samaria and their surrounds in the region during the Bahrain summit, which focuses on the PA economy.

Embassy staff and their family members are prohibited, for their own safety, from traveling to the region for the duration of the workshop.

U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton is meanwhile set to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday morning at the Prime Minister’s Office in Jerusalem in advance of an historic trilateral meeting in Jerusalem with the Russian national security adviser on Monday. That meeting with cover a panoply of topics that all three nations are wrestling with, including the issue of peace between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.

Several PA factions have, in response, called for mass demonstrations to be held in Judea, Samaria and Gaza to protest the Bahrain workshop, beginning on Monday and continuing until the end of the conference on Wednesday, under the banner, “The Manama Workshop is Treason.”

The PA’s leading Fatah faction, headed by PA leader Mahmoud Abbas, has also called on Arabs to stage demonstrations in front of the Embassy of the Kingdom of Bahrain in all Arab nations to protest the workshop.

“We appeal to the masses of our Arab nation to go to the embassies of Bahrain in all capitals to condemn this disgraceful position,” Fatah said in its statement, released on Saturday.

“We call for the cancellation of the workshop. Our people will continue their struggle, reject humiliation and defend their freedom and dignity. Let everyone rise to denounce this Zionist-American terrorism, which is backed by traitors from our nation.”


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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for, and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.