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thank you so you're going to the conference in Bahrain very so tell us about the key elements of your plan and and what is the goal I so we're doing a workshop in Bahrain now where we were invited to the region we developed a very extensive economic plan for the region %HESITATION the plan would invest about fifty billion dollars in the region I would create a million jobs in the west bank and Gaza would take their unemployment rate from about thirty percent %HESITATION it single digits %HESITATION it would reduce their poverty rate by half %HESITATION if it's implemented correctly it's a ten year plan it would double their GDP %HESITATION the reason we're calling this a workshop and not a conference is because %HESITATION we want to get feedback and hopefully finalize it's that we can then coordinate a lot of the %HESITATION aid efforts in investing efforts to really drive results and of the fifty billion how is it divided is it all go to the Palestinians or some other countries involved yeah more than half goes to the west bank and Gaza and then %HESITATION what we also want to do is is stimulate %HESITATION Jordan Egypt and Lebanon because if you can get that whole region starting to left and you're able to get you know quicker flow of goods quicker flow of people and all the different areas that are necessary industry instead of you know Paul it's a munitions and and war %HESITATION then I think that will really lead to a big increase in investment in the area and %HESITATION more jobs and better quality of life and and hopefully more peace along with it now past of peace plans have struggled how is this one different , well I have to say that this is one of the hardest problems that exist in the world and there's been a lot of attempts at it which have all been I think very %HESITATION %HESITATION well intended and %HESITATION noble attempts to try and solve it I when we got involved we looked at all these attempts and we try to study why they didn't work and and there's a lot of good things that were done we try to take all the good things they did and then come up with a new approach to try to bring this forward at the what we're hoping to do is create a framework or we can change the discussion and get people to look at these problems %HESITATION differently and work around early granular Lee and hopefully in a way that can lead to some breakthroughs should we view this as a Marshall Plan type proposal so our intention wasn't to set out to do that %HESITATION though a lot of people have peer reviewed it have said that it does resemble %HESITATION the Marshall Plan I've been reading more about the Marshall Plan and one of the things that they did very successfully was they didn't just give aid the infused money into the private sector and they created an environment where %HESITATION businesses can thrive capital could be invested %HESITATION this is a similar notion where you're not just giving people fish like we've been doing here for a long time you're teaching them to fish and you're buying a fishing rods and you're helping them become something that will be much more sustainable because the current status quo is not a sustainable situation and I think everyone agrees on that now how can this conference succeeding get the economic plan off the ground with the Palestinians boycotting and with Arab countries coming saying they won't give up on the Palestinian aspirations yeah I think of everyone cares about the Palestinian cause that we care about the Palestinian cause and we're trying to help find a solution people are tired of the way that this is been stuck in the mud for so long and what we're hoping we can do is get people to look at this a little bit differently %HESITATION come together share ideas and then hopefully we can create a framework %HESITATION on which to move forward economically and at what point do you released a political pay plan does it hinge on the success of the economic conference no %HESITATION when we're ready again that's a against and we've been working on now for two years it's a very extensive document %HESITATION something that I do , think will again make people look at this a little bit differently and hopefully bring people to the table to start having a discussion about how to resolve these long standing issues but %HESITATION that's a separate topic and %HESITATION it's yeah and we'll we'll deal with it %HESITATION at a later date some critics say you're trying to make an economic peace without telling people what the political peace would involve how do you respond to that yeah I would say that the political side and the economic side are two very robust efforts and %HESITATION did I just both of them at one time would be very very hard so it was %HESITATION if necessary I think to break them up so the question is which one do you put first %HESITATION our thought was that it was better to put the economic plan first it's less controversial you know we've you our job is to try it's very easy to find reasons why %HESITATION this could fail %HESITATION we think about that all the time but our job is to try to be more optimistic and to %HESITATION come up with %HESITATION situations that could maybe change the paradigm and I hope that by seeing this plan that we've spent a lot of time working on for a better economic future for the Palestinian people and for the region %HESITATION people start to look at this problem through a slightly different lands and maybe that leads to some badly needed brake trees thank you Gerry Christian DC