Published: Tue, June 26, 2018
Global | By Enrique Rogers

Trump adviser Kushner criticizes Abbas, says USA peace plan near

Trump adviser Kushner criticizes Abbas, says USA peace plan near

Kushner's remarks, made in a rare interview with Palestinian newspaper Al Quds, came as he and special envoy Jason Greenblatt were in the region to advance efforts to renew the stalled Israeli-Palestinian peace process. The White House issued brief, near-identical statements after their stops in Jordan, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Israel.

Palestinians seek east Jerusalem as the capital of a future state they hope will also include the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

"The road to peace is clear - commitment to the two-state solution, a Palestinian state on the 1967 borders with Jerusalem as its capital". There has been no peace deal achieved in that time.

Mr. Kushner appealed directly to the Palestinian people and portrayed Mr. Abbas, 82, as a leader entrenched in the past.

In its talks with regional leaders, the Trump administration most of all is attempting to scale back expectations of the "ultimate deal" that Trump a year ago said he hoped he could do to resolve the long-running crisis.

Senior Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat accused Kushner and Greenblatt on Saturday of trying to topple the Abbas-led West Bank autonomy government and dismantle the United Nations aid agency for Palestinian refugees. Kushner pointed the finger at Abbas, as the party that is unwilling to take up negotiations.

It has always been an insurmountable sticking point, in the Palestinian view, that Jewish settlements built by Israel in the West Bank and East Jerusalem bisect what would become an independent Palestinian state.

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Kushner said Arab leaders had told him they wanted to see a Palestinian state, long the foundation of US policy in the region.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told his Cabinet on Sunday that he met twice with Kushner and Greenblatt this weekend and discussed "how to solve the humanitarian situation in Gaza without strengthening Hamas".

Felicia Langer, an Israeli-German Holocaust survivor who won both plaudits and attacks for her activism and legal work in defence of Palestinians, has died aged 87 in Germany. MORE said Sunday that the Trump administration's plan to broker peace between Israelis and Palestinians will be published soon.

"But her family remembers very fondly the nearly three years she spent here as a child", the Prince said, adding that her positive experience was not unique.

How the Trump administration would move forward with a peace plan without Palestinian cooperation remains unclear.

Hamas is attempting to create "new rules of engagement" in its war against Israel, as the terrorist organization recognizes that Israel's military will likely avoid direct responses against terrorist cells launching incendiary kites and balloons into Israel territory.

After Israel's devastating military onslaught against Hamas-run Gaza in mid-2014, in which some 2,150 Palestinians were killed, Israel began allowing Palestinian fishermen to fish up to six nautical miles off the Gaza coast, as opposed to three nautical miles previously.

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