Opinion: White House is bringing countries together to try to solve a humanitarian crisis
EDITOR'S NOTE: Boris Epshteyn formerly served as a Senior Advisor to the Trump Campaign and served in the White House as Special Assistant to The President and Assistant Communications Director for Surrogate Operations.
WASHINGTON (Sinclair Broadcast Group) - If I told you that the representatives of the United States, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Jordan, the United Arab Emirates, the European Union and Israel met and agreed on something about the Middle East, would you believe me?
That is exactly what happened at the White House last week.
These were just some of the countries brought together by the Trump administration to try and solve the humanitarian crisis in the Gaza Strip.
Unemployment in Gaza is over 40 percent. Ninety-six percent of Gaza’s water supply is unsafe to drink. There is widespread starvation.
The White House meeting was arranged and led by Jared Kushner, senior advisor to President Trump, and Jason Greenblatt, the president’s special representative for international negotiations.
Projects to fix electricity, water, sewage and healthcare in Gaza were discussed.
A big problem in Gaza is that Hamas, a terrorist group, controls the area. Hamas has to put down their weapons for there to be any hope of saving Gaza. Gaza has to come under control of the Palestinian Authority so the world can deal with a single entity.
The Palestinians did not accept an invitation to attend last week’s meeting. There is hope that, if pressed by their allies who did attend, they will join the process going forward.
Here is the bottom line: it is encouraging to see countries which had fought wars with each other join together to help fellow human beings. American leadership together with Israeli and Arab partnership are necessary to fix the terrible situation in Gaza and work toward a lasting peace in the Middle East.