Six Israeli media outlets received formal invitations on Wednesday to cover next week’s U.S.-sponsored “Peace to Prosperity” economic workshop in Manama, Bahrain.
RokkSolutions, a Washington, D.C., strategic communications company hired to handle media for the June 25-26 summit, sent invitations to Israel’s Channel 12 and Channel 13 television news, as well as to The Jerusalem Post, Israel Hayom, Haaretz and The Times of Israel.
Also this week, Israel was informed it would not be invited to the conference in an official capacity. The Palestinian Authority, too, will not be attending.
U.S. Special Representative for International Negotiations Jason Greenblatt told i24NEWS this week that Israel was initially going to be invited, but that the idea was scrapped when the P.A. continued to refuse to send representatives to the meeting, leading to concerns that Israeli participation without P.A. attendance would give a political taint to the event.
“There will be a time when we can benefit from the Israeli government expertise and knowledge. It doesn’t have to be next week,” he said.
However, a number of Israeli business people, civic leaders and former government officials will be in attendance, including Sheba Medical Center Director-General Professor Yitshak Kreiss and Yoav Mordechai, former head of Israel’s civil administration in Judea and Samaria.
At the two-day conference, the U.S. administration is expected to publicize a portion of its peace plan for Israel and the Palestinian Authority. The administration has said it will not fully reveal the plan until after Israel’s national elections on Sept. 17.