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Jared Kushner’s peace deal: Sailing into failure

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In early May Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law and the lead architect of the so-called “deal of the century” gave a lengthy interview to Robert Satloff, the executive director of the pro-Israeli Washington Institute for Near East Policy (WINEP). In it he expressed disappointment with the Palestinians. “It’s been very disheartening for us,” Kushner told Satloff, “to see that the Palestinian leadership has basically been attacking a plan that they don’t know what it is as opposed to reaching out to us.”

“Poor Jared,” one is tempted to say, “all that hard effort and so little gratitude!” So what that his father-in-law recognised Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, shuttered the PLO mission in Washington, cut off all US funding to the Palestinians, waved through the Israeli annexation of the Golan and kept Jordanian King Abdullah – whose country is home to two million Palestinian refugees – completely in the dark. So what that Kushner, a New York real estate broker whose family supports illegal settlements has two advisors, Jason Greenblatt and David Friedman, who themselves are keen settlement advocates. The former has said that the settlements are not illegal. The latter is the US ambassador to Israel and in that capacity has deemed the settlements already part of Israel. This is the trio that we are asked to believe will come up with a fair and balanced plan. And the Palestinians? They haven’t reached out, shame on the Palestinians.

The interview Kushner gave is full of empty platitudes and slippery evasions. He boasts “nothing’s leaked from my team…and I think that is something that we’re very proud of.”........

© Middle East Monitor