Kushner criticizes Abbas, says Mideast peace plan due soon

Palestinian protestors prepare to fly a kite loaded with an incendiary during a demonstration along the border with Israel

Kushner says will publish Mideast plan 'soon,' newspaper says

Jared Kushner, U.S. President Donald Trump's senior adviser, said Washington would announce its West Asia peace plan soon, and press on with or without Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

Al-Ayyam reported as well on the U.S. moves and said, based on Israeli media reports, that the deal of the century assumes keeping all the holy places in Jerusalem in Israeli hands, no removal of settlements while the capital of Palestine will be in Abu Dis, an East Jerusalem neighborhood located beyond theIsraeli apartheid wall. It said the strike came after Palestinians attempted to launch "arson kites" into Israel. When asked whether these points were in his peace plan, Kushner said he didn't want to "speak about specifics of the deal we are working on". "American ideas or deals that bypass the Palestinian position on Jerusalem, statehood and refugees will only lead to a dead end", PA spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeina said in a statement cited by the official Wafa news agency, as reported by Anadolu Agency (AA).

"We thought that maybe [kites] could carry ... a Molotov cocktail, but realized it wasn't practical", a 30-year-old Palestinian told the LA Times last week.

Senior Palestinian official and chief negotiator Saeb Erekat said Sunday that Kushner's interview showed "there's nothing of substance" coming from the Trump Administration.

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Britain's Prince William on Sunday praised "historic ties and friendship" with Jordan and the kingdom's commitment to Syrian and Palestinian refugees, as he began a historic five-day tour that also includes Israel and the Palestinian territories.

Mr. Kushner appealed directly to the Palestinian people and portrayed Mr. Abbas, 82, as a leader entrenched in the past.

Kushner said Arab leaders had told him they wanted to see a Palestinian state, long the foundation of US policy in the region.

US -brokered peace talks collapsed in 2014.

Israel captured east Jerusalem from Jordan in the 1967 Mideast war and annexed it in a move not internationally recognized. He offered, however, few details, saying only the White House would present an economic plan to promote "massive investments" in the Palestinian territories and the region. Hamas is regarded as a terrorist organization by Israel and the United States. That coincides with the language of the global consensus and worldwide law, which hold that East Jerusalem and the West Bank are Israeli-occupied territory.

Kushner and Greenblatt reportedly lobbied the gulf potentates to invest up to a billion dollars in energy and infrastructure projects for Gaza, which is ruled by the militant Islamist group Hamas and suffers from a lack of potable water and electricity. He made no mention of a Palestinian state arising alongside Israel, though he acknowledged that Arab partners support that goal.

The Trump administration has slashed the USA contribution to the United Nations agency that provides aid to Palestinians, especially those in Gaza.

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