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Kushner to visit Middle East to garner backing for peace plan

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Jared Kushner, US President Donald Trump‘s son-in-law and White House senior adviser, is expected to head to the Middle East later this month for an official visit to discuss a US proposal for peace between Israel and the Palestinians.

Kushner, 38, will be joined by US Middle East envoy Jason Greenblatt, US envoy on Iran Brian Hook and other administration officials who have worked on the economic part of the plan, dubbed the “deal of the century“.

The trip – which includes stops in Oman, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar, is aimed at building support for the initiative which Kushner has been tasked with leading.

The plan revolves around a proposal that foresees major infrastructure and industrial work, particularly in the besieged Gaza Strip.

For the plan to succeed or even pass the starting gate, it will need at least initial buy-in from both Israel and the Palestinians as well as from the Gulf Arab states, which officials say will be asked to substantially bankroll the economic portion.

Officials said they believed that the Arab diplomats Kushner will meet will want to know elements of the political component before backing the economic plan.

“They’re not going to support the economic plan without making sure they also support the political plan, and we recognise that. So the support, I’m sure in some manner, will be conditioned on whether they are comfortable with the political plan,” one official was quoted as saying by the Reuters news agency.

Al Jazeera’s Mike Hanna, reporting from Washington, DC, said the Trump administration is likely to run into a few hurdles when having to deal with Palestinians after it unilaterally decided to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital in December 2017.

“The great stumbling block still ahead in the face of any emergent peace plan is the fact that the Palestinian leadership continues to boycott any Trump administration officials because of Trump’s illegal recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel,” Hanna said.

Release of the Trump peace plan has since been put on hold.

The current thinking among White House officials is that the peace plan will be unveiled sometime after Israel holds elections on April 9 that will decide the fate of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

On Thursday, Kushner is set to take part in a discussion on how to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in the Polish capital Warsaw.

During the discussion with Borge Brende, president of the World Economic Forum, he is expected to give an update on the peace effort and what the administration hopes to accomplish in the coming weeks and months.

In Warsaw, Kushner will be attending a gathering that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said will focus on Middle East stability and efforts to keep Iran from being a destabilising influence in the region.

11 Comments on "Kushner to visit Middle East to garner backing for peace plan"

  1. Gaia on Fri, 8th Feb 2019 8:35 am 

    If the US government wants to know who the real threat to world peace, it should look in the mirror.

  2. Sissyfuss on Fri, 8th Feb 2019 8:43 am 

    The two state solution is like cold fusion, always 10 years away, ad infinitum.

  3. Free Speech Forum on Fri, 8th Feb 2019 11:22 am 

    We’ll all be living in caves after everything is outlawed, but then you can be sure that living in caves will soon be banned in order to protect endangered bats.

  4. Cloggie on Fri, 8th Feb 2019 12:24 pm

    China preparing for World War III, warns US senator….

    Republican Senator James Inhofe of Oklahoma has said what many fear: China’s military build-up in the South China Sea looks as though it is “preparing for World War III”.

    His blunt statement came during a Senate hearing yesterday discussing the new challenges being presented by Russia and China.

    And Senator Inhofe isn’t happy about how the world has got to where it’s at.

    The good senator is wrong, China is merely preparing for declaring the South China Sea as, well… Chinese. And take back Taiwan. With all the possible consequences. And if the US decides to make an all-out confrontation out of it, yes, than the world will have WW3.

    Friendly advice for the Americans. There is not a f* you can do about it. With these artificial reefs, China has created the pretext it needs to flex its muscle.

    China doesn’t have the means to threaten mainland USA, but they can project power in their own front yard. Ignore that and risk humiliation.

  5. FuelShortageComingYouWillDieStupidNigger on Fri, 8th Feb 2019 1:04 pm 

    I am against a peace plan.The earth is overpopulated. I am for the exterminate of shit skin: Black, Arabs, Indians and Chinese. Whites are superior and should inherit the whole earth. We are the only race that can make life a project worth living.

    Let’s do it Whites people. Stop helping shit skin.

  6. Anonymouse on Fri, 8th Feb 2019 9:43 pm 

    CloggieYID, you dont need be like DavyMOB and run dumbass sockpuppet(s) to get your ‘message’ across. Just say what you feel as cloggturd. No one should be surprised by the fact that you feel that the jew is only one fit to inhabit the earth and advocating extermination(s) is really not that big of a deal either. If they wont ban your kike ass for that, you’re pretty safe to muse about and advocate mass-murder here all you like. Which, has never really been a problem for you. Neither does trolling.

    Besides, we have all the sock puppets we need,and hardly need you getting into the act as well. Or, even need you at all really….

  7. Keith McClary on Mon, 11th Feb 2019 11:52 pm 

    The Deal is to transform the Gaza and West Bank concentration camps into labour camps for the benefit of State of the Jewish People companies.

  8. makati1 on Tue, 12th Feb 2019 12:55 am 

    Keith, I think you hit the nail on the head. It’s to make the ME safe for Jewish Capitalists. “Peace in our time?” to misquote Neville Chamberlain.

    Let’s wait and see if the US is stupid enough to militarily attack Iran before we place our bets. 50:50 in my judgement. Pure insanity but then, the US has been threatening it for 40 years.

    I still see a major conflagration in the ME before it is all over. Been to Dubai. Lots of tall buildings that make excellent targets…or just cut off their electric and water. ^_^

  9. Dooma on Tue, 12th Feb 2019 2:04 am 

    Hey Mak, my Pop was on route to Tobruk and got to see parts of the world a young man would never have a chance to visit. And like many, the war sorted him out from turning to a life of crime. I will always remember when he came back and told me that there would be a massive war in the Middle East.

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