Palestinian women in the southern Gaza Strip protest against the US-led economic workshop in Bahrain [Ibraheem Abu Mustafa/Reuters]

As officials and businesspeople from the United States, Israel and several Arab states head to Bahrain for a US-led economic workshop on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, expectations for constructive outcomes are low.

The two-day conference, which begins on Tuesday and will see White House senior adviser Jared Kushner present the economic part of a long-awaited US Middle East peace plan, has been dismissed by analysts as irrelevant and unlikely to yield progress regarding the decades-long Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories.

Egypt and Jordan have confirmed that mid-level delegations will attend the event, while the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Saudi Arabia are also sending officials.

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