Kushner's Middle East plan not to mention 'two-state' solution

# 03 May 2019 14:45 (UTC +04:00)

Jared Kushner has revealed aspects of the US peace plan for the Middle East, ONA reports citing the Guardian.

“If you say ‘two-state’, it means one thing to the Israelis, it means one thing to the Palestinians,” Kushner said on Thursday at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. “We said, ‘you know, let’s just not say it. Let’s just say, let’s work on the details of what this means’,” he said.

Kushner declined to give extensive details about the plan before its release but, asked if it would cover the final status between Israelis and Palestinians, he said: “That’s correct, we will.”

“I think short term it’s probably harder, because people will be more reactive and emotional,” Kushner said. “But long term I think it helps because what we need to start doing is just recognising truths, and I think that when we recognised Jerusalem, that is a truth – Jerusalem is the capital of Israel, and that would be part of any final agreement anyway.”

Kushner promised that Israel would make compromises, too. He said his team had spoken to Palestinian businesspeople and ordinary residents and believed the peace plan would be “very acceptable to them”.

“It’s been very disheartening for us to see the Palestinian leadership has basically been attacking a plan [when] they don’t know what it is,” Kushner said. “If they truly cared about making the lives of the Palestinian people better, I think they would have taken very different decisions over the past year – and maybe over the last 20 years.”

“Our approach has been, if we’re going to fail, we don’t want to fail doing it the same way it’s been done in the past,” he said.

Note that Kushner, the son-in-law and senior adviser to President Donald Trump, is expected to present a long-awaited deal next month on behalf of the US administration.