Reaching a deal along the lines of the Saudi-led Arab Peace Initiative (API) will not be possible, says White House senior adviser Jared Kushner, who is also the son-in-law of US President Donald Trump. He told Al Jazeera that the deal, also known as the ‘deal of the century’, lies between the initiative and the Israeli position on the matter.
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As Kushner talked about Israel – Palestine conflict at a workshop in Bahrain, hundreds of palestines in the West Bank protested against the US’s ‘Middle East Peace Plan’. Palestinian leaders have described the two-state solution as an ‘ill-fated’ attempt by the United States and its Middle East allies to destroy the Palestinian cause.
The API which was endorsed and proposed by the 22 member states of the Arab League in 2002, fully recognizes the State of Israel. According to the S. Daniel Abraham Centre for Middle East Peace, the API called for Israel to withdraw its territorial control to the June 4, 1967 lines allowing the establishment of a Palestinian state with East Jersusalem as its capital and to come to a just and agreed solution over the issue of Palestinian refugees.
Kushner said if ever a Israel – Palestine deal is made, it will be somewhere between the API and between the Israeli position. Describing the initiative as a ‘great effort’, the senior adviser said that “if that was where a deal was going to be made, a deal would have been made a long time ago.” Earlier this month, Kushner had said that Palestinians are not ready to govern themselves and cannot expect freedom from Israeli military interference.
The Trump administration is trying to bid a $50 billion investment, but the Palestinians say that this is doomed to fail. TRT World said under the plan, donor nations and investors would contribute about $50 billion to the region – with $28 billion to go to Palestinian terrorities, the Israeli occupied West Bank and the Gaza Strip. $7.5 billion will go to Jordan, $9 billion to Egypt and $6 billion to Lebanon.