- Kushner: Mideast Peace Deal Will Be Unveiled After Israeli Election
by Yaron Steinbuch, https://nypost.com/
President Trump’s senior adviser Jared Kushner said Thursday that he is optimistic about his father-in-law’s Mideast peace plan — the much-touted “Deal of the Century,” which will be unveiled after the Israeli elections on April 9.
Kushner said during a closed session at a Middle East security conference in Warsaw that the parties involved must “keep an open mind,” according to the Jerusalem Post. “We hear Jordan, Saudi Arabia and Israel and we understand that there is a chance,” Kushner told participants at the conference, adding that “they do a better job than me to explain why there is a reason to be optimistic.”
He added: “Once, the unifying factor in the Arab world was the hatred towards Israel. Today they are concerned about the citizens.”
A diplomat who saw the presentation quoted Kushner as saying that Trump had given him the Israeli-Palestinian “file” to give the long-elusive goal of a peace deal “a shot.” Despite the long odds, he said he believed “privately, people are much more flexible.”
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he won’t judge the plan before he sees it — and hopes the Palestinians will do the same. “I look forward to seeing the plan once it is presented. I have to say that I know that the Trump administration seeks to ensure the security of Israel for generations,” he said, according to the Israeli Haaretz newspaper.