Trump 'very fond' of Palestinian President Abbas, willing to participate in a peace plan: Kushner
WASHINGTON/JERUSALEM: White House advisor Jared Kushner He said on Wednesday that the United States is willing to commit to the Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas But he insinuated that a new peace plan could call on Palestinian refugees to settle where they are and not return to the lands now in Israel.
At a workshop in Bahrain last week, Kushner unveiled a $ 50 billion economic plan for the Palestinian territories, Jordan Egypt and Lebanon. On Wednesday, he said he would have more to say about the way forward in the economic plan probably next week.
Sometime later this year, outline a page plan of 50 to 60 pages that will offer proposals to solve thorny political problems between Israelis and the United States.
The Palestinians have harshly criticized the economic plan.
In a conference call with reporters, Kushner told the president of the United States. Donald Trump He is very fond of Abbas and is willing to commit to him at the right time.
Our door is always open to the Palestinian leadership, Kushner said.
He said he believes Abbas wants peace, but some people around him feel very uncomfortable with the way we've dealt with this, and his natural reaction is to attack and say crazy things that are not constructive.
But Kushner's comments about Palestinian refugees are likely to raise concerns among Palestinians.
If the hundreds of thousands of refugees from the 1948 Israel Foundation War, who with their descendants now number around 5 million, will exercise a right of return, it has been one of the thorniest issues in decades of difficult diplomacy.
Israel has long ruled out any influx as destabilizing, arguing that refugees should stay where they are or in a future Palestinian state. But the prospects of such a situation arising in the occupied West Bank and the Gaza Strip are doubtful.
When a Lebanese journalist asked him if the United States expected the Arab countries that host the Palestinian refugees to accept them permanently in exchange for funds, Kushner refused to respond directly and said the matter would be discussed later.
But he suggested a comparison between the displaced Jews from the Middle East countries in 1948, many of whom Israel accepted.
Look, it has a situation in which it all started when it had 800,000 Jewish refugees coming out of all the different countries of the Middle East and had about 800,000 Palestinian refugees, he said.
And what has happened to Israeli refugees, to Jews, is that they have been absorbed into different places, while the Arab world has not absorbed many of these refugees over time, he said.
I think the people of Lebanon would love to see a resolution to this problem, one that is fair, he said.
And I also believe that the refugees, the Palestinian refugees in Lebanon, who are denied many rights and who, you know, do not have the best conditions at the moment, would also like to see a situation where there is a way for them to have more rights and to live a better life.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu For a long time he has suggested a demographic compensation between Jewish and Palestinian refugees.
Nikki Haley, the former ambassador of the United States to the United Nations He said during a visit to Jerusalem last week that Washington has its own figure for Palestinian refugees.
The actual number of Palestinian refugees is classified, he said at a conference organized by the conservative newspaper Israel Hayom. There are many people who work so that it is not classified.