Kushner: US set to present peace plan with or without Abbas.
Trump’s senior adviser told Al Quds newspaper that he will publicize the US peace plan whether or not the Palestinian president is ready to talk.
Jared Kushner, US President Donald Trump’s senior adviser, said that he is “ready to work” with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.
However, Kushner added that if Abbas is not willing to cooperate, “then we are going to make the plan public.”
Kushner, who is married to Trump’s daughter Ivanka, made the comments in an interview with the Palestinian newspaper Al Quds, the Arabic name for Jerusalem.
“If President Abbas is ready to go back to the negotiations table, then we are ready to participate in the discussion, but if it’s not the case, then we are going to make the plan public.”
In response to the assertion, made by Abbas’s spokesman, that the American plan was “a waste of time and is destined to fail,” Kushner said he believed that the Palestinian leadership made such a statement “because it’s afraid that we are going to publish our peaceful plan that will be liked by the Palestinian people.”
In the interview, which was headlined, “I am ready to work with President Abbas, if he wishes” and published in Arabic, Kushner spoke directly to the Palestinian people. “You deserve to have a bright future, now is the time for both the Israelis and Palestinians to strengthen their leaderships and re-focus them to encourage them to open up towards a solution, and not fear trying,” Kushner said, the newspaper reported.
Kushner was critical of Abbas. The Palestinian leader, Kushner said, “says that he is committed to peace, and I don’t have any reason to disbelieve him.” However, “I question President Abbas’ ability, or desire, to finish the deal. He has the same talking points that haven’t changed in the past 25 years. A peace hasn’t been achieved during that period.”
Regarding Hamas, Kushner said Gazans were “hostages to a bad leadership” that is unable to engage with the international community.
Hamas is regarded as a terrorist organization by Israel and the United States.
Kushner, who has taken the lead on Trump’s plan, said he did not “wish to talk about the details of the deal that we’re working on.” But he said it would be ready “soon.”
He added: “I believe that in order to reach an agreement, both parts are going to gain more than they’re giving, and both sides will feel confident that the life of their people will be better decades from today because of the concessions that they’re offering.”
Kushner emphasized the economic benefits of a deal, saying that he believed “we can attract large investments in the infrastructure from both the private and the public sectors” to improve the Palestinian economy.
Asked how his plan differs from those that came before, Kushner said he and his team had “spent a lot of time listening, and focusing on the people.
“We are committed to finding a package of solutions the two sides can live with. Resolving fundamental issues without creating a path for a better life will not lead to a lasting solution.”