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Jared Kushner on Israel-Palestine deal: Time to try something new | Talk to Al Jazeera



Senior adviser to the US president discusses Trump’s plan for economic growth and peace in the Middle East.

US President Donald Trump’s “deal of the century” – his administration’s proposal for solving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict – kicked into gear in Manama, Bahrain this week as officials from the region gathered for the so-called ‘Peace to Prosperity’ workshop.

Already, sceptics are voicing concern, saying the American side is using money to bribe the Palestinians.

The initial economic stage of the deal hopes to drum up $50bn in investment, money that primarily is expected to come from other Arab nations, principally in the Gulf.

Participants of the Manama meeting will discuss projects and conditions for investments in more detail. Then, based on the outcome of this meeting, the next step would be to fashion a political settlement that would translate financial commitments into reality on the ground in Palestine.

However, Palestinians have derided the plan as an “economy first” approach that is doomed to fail. The Palestinian Authority is arguing for a reverse order: a political settlement first, money later – an approach that would tackle the difficult questions of establishing a Palestinians state, end the Israeli occupation of Palestinian lands, and allow refugees to return.

Palestinian leaders boycotted the June 25 and 26 meeting, saying the gathering circumvents a political settlement based on a two-state solution, and is an ill-fated attempt by the US administration to “liquidate” the Palestinian cause.

However, the senior adviser to the US president and Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner – who has been tasked with leading the process – told Al Jazeera the reaction was “fairly predictable”. He said believed the event would be a success despite the boycott, citing the presence of delegates from regional countries and a large number of international investors.

“What [the Palestinian leadership] have been saying is a lot of hot rhetoric about rejecting everything before they even see it, which is, in my opinion, not a very responsible position.”

When questioned why the proposal did not want to settle some of the political questions that could stave off conflict before it pours money into infrastructure, Kushner said: “that’s been the traditional thinking, and that has not worked”.

“The president is not a traditional politician. He wants to do things in a different way. If we can get people through this process to look at this problem differently, to see what the future could be, then I think that could be a very very successful thing.”

Outlining the Trump administration’s “different” approach, he said: “What we have tried to do is help people identify what a future could look like. And hopefully we get people to all agree … and then we get people to look at, maybe, let’s commit to the future in the event that there is a peace agreement. Perhaps that will create a different condition through which people can then approach some of these political issues that have been unresolvable for a very long time.”

Kushner called the 2002 Arab Peace Initiative “a great effort” but said it is not possible to solve the decades-long Israeli-Palestinian conflict with a deal along those lines.

“I think we all have to recognise that if there ever is a deal, it’s not going to be along the lines of the Arab peace initiative. It will be somewhere between the Arab peace initiative and somewhere between the Israeli position,” he said.

He also defended Trump’s 2017 decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, saying: “Israel is a sovereign nation; a sovereign nation has the right to determine where their capital is and America has the right to recognise the decision”. He said the relocation of the embassy should not affect final-status negotiations with the Palestinians.

Kushner said that on both the Israeli and Palestinian sides, there are voices who accuse the other of having no interest in peace. But he added that peace needs to come from compromise and negotiation.

“If we want to find a pathway forward, it means that both sides need to find a place where they both feel that they can gain more than they give, and move forward and have the opportunities to live better lives,” he said.

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  1. IT SEEMS KUSHNER IS A GOOD THINKER, AND A GOOD REAL ESTATE MAN, WHO, TO MAKE HIS VOCATION AS AN ESTATE- MAN, USEFUL FOR THE SOCIETY , AND THE FUTURE GENERATION'S FUTURE, WHILE HE MAY, ALSO, BE THINKING OF HIS RESPONSIBILTY TO HIS FAMILY, AND HIS CHILDREN'S FUTURE.

    IF KUSHNER, REALLY, MAY MAKE SOME MONEY OF WHAT HE IS TRYING TO STRUGGLE, AND PUT IN MIND TO DO, AND BE SUCCESSFUL, FOR WHAT IS GOOD FOR THE PEOPLE HE IS TRYING TO HELP, AND FOR HIS FAMILY THAT IS WORTHY OF, THANKS , OF DEVOTING HIS LIFE , AT THIS TIME, OF THE WORKS, HE IS FACING.

    THAT MAY BE THE REASON WHY, PRESIDENT TRUMP, DO TRUST HIS SON- IN- LAW, BECAUSE IT SEEMS, TO HIM, THAT KUSHNER, HAS A GOOD, SINCERE HEART, VISION, AND REALLY SOCIAL RESPONSIBILTY TO THE PEOPLE, HE WANTS TO HELP, WITH HIS LITTLE, BUT, HOPEFULLY, GOOD TALENT, IN THE JOB, HE TAKES, AS HIS RESPONSIBILITY.

    PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS TRUST IN HIS TALENT, SINCERITY, AND THINKING, AND MAYBE, HIS BEHAVIOR THAT HE WOULD NOT JUSTIFY HIMSELF IN A POLITICAL MANNER, SO AS TO EMBARRASS HIM, OR HIMSELF, OR ANYONE, WHEN HE EXPLAINS MATTERS THAT MAY NEED EXPLANATIONS.

  2. Arabs calling themselves "palestinians"
    And everybody is pretending that it's an actual nationale .
    Arabs should not be living west of the Jordan river: the got JORDAN free of charge.
    Arabs should not be using the name "palestine" which is taken out of Jewish history.

  3. Jahred Kushner is not a Man She is a Woman and Her Wife is a Man Transgender Occult Family….

  4. if u be asking to return crime to Ukraine return Israel to palestine 

    there is history with crimean being russian 

    the israel was never israelites in addition according to bible jesus was there an dit is his land and according t bible jesus was upset with judo he was betrayed by hud so hw any christian person supports that supposedly jesus criucst land where historical events to k place is now occupied by many judofrinds hu believe that judo did the right think 

    it daunt even make sense why judo twisted it around liek thsi to claim the and is like fake ID 

    like jess died and then judo said i take your wife and your house and je make it so that they guy wa sin jail and said to mary like oasis mary me i protect u etc

    s grease ha dto suffer  a little bit since

    offer them int Nato 

    prince fill y P

  5. His words are as fake as his face. He looks like a barbie doll

  6. VERY CLEVER THIS KUSHNER AND HANDSOME🍒☺🍒

  7. 16:25 tough question. First time his straight face changes.

  8. America does not support terrorists. Never forget

  9. Jared..you cannot play hide and seek with the political solution. Your "deal" will never happen.

  10. Do you think money can pay peace by your paycheck

  11. No worries this guy is not gonna make it happen.
    However I don't trust him

  12. "The Arabs never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity." Abba Eban
    No matter what the Arab's position has always been the same, the destruction of Israel.

  13. I look at him and I see a woman

  14. He is a normal but smart guy with 3 litres of botox in his face. But still:
    His posture is great, he knows what he talks about and eye-contact is on point.

  15. These people has been fighting for years, and there’s nothing that the United States can do to make people get along if they are not willing to even try.

  16. It all boils down to:

    "Peace will come when the Arabs will love their children more than they hate us."
    Golda Meir

  17. He's laying out the facts. Take it or leave it.

  18. Why they don't give Texas to the Israelis to build their dream state ?

  19. Creepy!! Build hotels and resorts so the palistinians can have jobs in a service economy just like america!!!

  20. Jared KUSHNER looks Shadey as the Antichrist of the future…CREEPY AS ONE OF THESE BEASTS

  21. Bla Bla bla bla bla blaaaa blaaaaaa bla Blabla bla ab bllllaaaaaaaaaa blaa bllaa
    Bllaaaa blaa bllllaaaab blaaaaaa blaab!

    The kush speaks but says nothing!

  22. All he's saying is we're going to invest billions and that's all he thinks: money!!
    This shows his lack if understanding what the Palestinians are fighting for. How could he with the silver spoon in his mouth? All he's thinking is how much is their cut when they "buy upfront".
    Love his new name: Jashred; be a good surfing name for a 'perro'.

  23. I would like to meet him Mehdi Hassan on this interview. Do you agree or.

  24. Jared, you're very creepy, especially when you smile. You look like a waxed doll possessed by an evil spirit who's about to melt

  25. Zionism the ideology that will bring death and destruction to millions

  26. The workshop was the flip flop off the century

  27. for christ sake!!,that guy has no idea, what he's talking about!!,looks like a "mummy"!!

  28. bibi,the king or what fellas??

  29. Yeah, we'll start the discussion: we steal your land and oppress you, you work to make us richer, whaddaya say? Deal of the Century? Eh?

  30. If you can’t ask the tough questions then you should not have interviewed him. A very poor interview unfortunately.

  31. You want to make Palestinians lives better? Stop stealing their land… Stop bombing their remaining infrastructure… Stop killing innocent men women and children… That would be a great start… This guy CAN NOT BE TRUSTED…

  32. Palestinians offered 100 billion over 10 years and he can return the imported citizens of the Aparthied state to their country of origin and who want to stay as a Jew he is welcome to stay . Now leave politics and be a good house wife Jared 😂😂no understanding what so ever of the conflict

  33. Fast talking double speaking grifter.

  34. 50 billion from around the middle east is a lot of cash for Jared Kushner to siphon from. Jared sounds like the money grubbing machine that he is.

  35. Am I supposed to take seriously,a guy with a 1st grade haircut,that paid way too much for a building,at 666 5th AVE. NY? What we have here folks,is a case of 'arrested developement'.🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔

  36. Is this man really a human or a shaythan in disguise? Allahu Alam (God knows best)

  37. Ah….the Kushner Plan….so historic. Buy out the uncooperative Palestinians. Make Israel super safe for all Jews who want to move there in the future. He is a fast talking billionaire isn't he?

  38. From the comments below – seems like hatred of Jared Kushner trumps the prosperity of Palestinians

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