Kushner’s comments expose the multiple reasons this peace plan has little chance of success.
By Andrea Germanos | Common Dreams | June 3, 2019
‘I get why people think this is going to be a deal that only the Israelis could love.’
— Secretary of State Mike Pompeo
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo admitted that the Trump administration’s Middle East peace plan could be seen as “unexecutable” while Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law and senior adviser, suggested that Palestinians aren’t capable of governing themselves.
Kushner, who’s in charge of the administration’s supposed peace plan, made the comments in an interview that aired Sunday on “Axios on HBO.” He told interviewer Jonathan Swan that there is a “high bar” for Palestinians to be rid of Israeli interference.
Kushner said that before Palestinians can be seen worthy of investors’ money, they “need to have a fair judicial system … freedom of press, freedom of expression, tolerance for all religions.”
Asked if Palestinians were capable of governing themselves without Israeli interference, Kushner said: “That’s a very good question. That’s one that we’ll have to see. The hope is that they, over time, will become capable of governing.”
As Swan noted, the Trump administration has taken numerous actions that suggest it’s not an honest broker in forming a peace deal. For example, the administration closed its consulate general in Jerusalem; Trump’s ambassador to Israel said the country is “on the side of God”; the administration moved the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to occupied Jerusalem; and it cut millions in humanitarian aid to Palestinians, including funds for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA).