No Palestinian recognition if peace plan goals unmet: Jared Kushner

No Palestinian recognition if peace plan goals unmet Jared Kushner
Jared Kushner (left) played a key role in drafting the administration's new Middle East peace plan. Source: AFP
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Daily US Times, Washington: President Trump’s advisor and son-in-law Jared Kushner said on Sunday that if Palestinians are unable to meet the conditions of the new Middle East peace plan he crafted, Israel should not take “the risk to recognize them as a state.”

Kushner was unveiled his plan on Tuesday what Israel embraced warmly but Palestinians long with others in the region, including the Arab League curtly dismissed.

Fareed Zakaria, host of CNN‘s Fareed Zakaria GPS challenged Kushner to explain why demands made of the Palestinians before they are given a state — a free press, free elections, religious freedom, an independent judiciary, and a reliable financial system — did not amount to “a killer amendment.”

The host said there is no Arab country that would meet these criteria, certainly not Saudi Arabia, Egypt or other countries Jared Kushner worked closely.

In reply, Kushner said Palestinian territories amount to “a police state… not exactly a thriving democracy.”

“For the Palestinians, if they want their people to live better lives, we now have a framework to do it,” he added.

Jared Kushner further urged that if Palestinians can’t meet these standards, ”then I don’t think we can get Israel to take the risk to recognize them as a state.”

He said, “The only thing more dangerous than what we have now is a failed state.”

Trump’s Middle East peace plan

Donal Trump presented his long-awaited Middle-East peace plan in January 28th, at the White House while Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu standing beside him.

Mr. Trump promised to keep Jerusalem as Israel’s undivided capital and proposed an independent Palestinian state and the recognition of Israeli sovereignty over West Bank settlements.

Key points in the proposals

Jerusalem will remain Israel’s undivided capital. Israel and the Palestinians hold competing claims to the holy city. The Palestinians insist Israel occupied East Jerusalem to be the capital of their future state.

The US will recognize Israeli sovereignty over territory that President Trump’s plan envisages being part of Israel. The plan includes a conceptual map that the US president says illustrates the territorial compromises that Israel is willing to make

The map will “more than double the Palestinian territory and provide a Palestinian capital in eastern Jerusalem”. Trump said the US would open an embassy there.

Suggesting the existing Jewish settlements in the Israeli-occupied West Bank will remain, Trump said.

“No Palestinians or Israelis will be uprooted from their homes”.