Jared Kushner was going to bring peace to the Middle East. That was the promise. Apparently, Kushner’s version of a peace agreement is to basically parrot everything Bibi Netanyahu wants and no consideration for the Palestinians. That’s the story coming out of the region today after a meeting with Palestinian leader Abbas didn’t go as smoothly as Trump, Kushner, and others who thought this would be “easy” perhaps figured it might.
As The Hill reports:
The London-based Arabic daily al-Hayat reports that Kushner’s meeting with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas was “tense,” according to a translation from the Jerusalem Post, and Abbas was reportedly furious at Kushner relaying the demands of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Israeli newspaper Haaretz also reports that Palestinian officials were “greatly disappointed” by their meeting with Kushner and Trump’s Middle East envoy Jason Greenblatt.
“They sounded like Netanyahu’s advisers and not like fair arbiters,” a senior Palestinian official told the newspaper. “They started presenting Netanyahu’s issues and then we asked to hear from them clear stances regarding the core issues of the conflict.”
From here, Kushner will report back to Trump and await his decision on whether or not to continue with the negotiation.
This “tense” meeting that infuriated Abbas flies in the face of how easy Trump figured Middle East peace would be on the campaign trail and since being inaugurated:
Trump has repeatedly said peace between Israelis and Palestinians is something he could achieve as president.
“I want to see peace with Israel and the Palestinians,” Trump said in April. “There is no reason there’s not peace between Israel and the Palestinians — none whatsoever.”
After meeting with Abbas last month, Trump said finding a peace agreement would be easier than expected.
“Let’s see if we can find the solution,” Trump said during a luncheon with Abbas and his advisors. “It’s something that, I think, is, frankly, maybe not as difficult as people have thought over the years.”
Of course, this isn’t the only thing that Trump has underestimated the difficulty of — health care, getting his wall built and getting any major legislation through in Congress has largely eluded the 45th President thus far in his term.
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