Jared Kushner, the key man of US President Donald Trump for peace in the Middle East, said on Sunday that a definitive agreement between Israel and the Palestinians is necessary to bring stability to the troubled region and to put it at odds with the attitude of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
In a rare vision of the worldview of the man who spearheaded the White House initiative to revive the stalled peace process, Kushner argued at the Saban Forum in Washington DC that "many of the problems that arise in the [Israeli-Arab] day-to-day relationships are caused by not having a final status agreement. "
Netanyahu has frequently rejected the idea that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict causes disturbances in the afterlife, and numerous Israeli officials have trumpeted the willingness of Arab and Muslim states to conduct covert ties with Israel, despite the absence of peace.
Kushner, a former real estate developer, told interrogator Chaim Saban that Midd Eastern countries want to create open relations with Israel based on mutual enmity against Iran and the attractiveness of Israel's innovation-driven economy, but that the current conflict prevents them from doing so.
"They look at the regional threats and I think they see that Israel, which was traditionally their enemy, is a far more natural ally for them today than perhaps they were 20 years ago, "Kushner observed.  "There is an old reason why this has not been armed," continued the 36-year-old man, "there are many people who want to see him united but we have to overcome this problem, that of the Israeli-Palestinian problem, so that happen. "
He added that the Saudi king and the crown prince – who have reportedly developed a deep relationship with Kushner – made it clear that they "care very much" about the Palestinian people and that they "should have the same hope and opportunity as everyone." others in the world. "
" They recognize that finding a solution to this problem is the only way that can be achieved. "
Trump's "personal" mission
Shortly after his election victory in November 2016, Trump chose two lawyers, his son-in-law Kushner and a personal lawyer, Jason Greenblatt, to solve how to resurrect the peace process between Israelis and Palestinians, stalled from the very attempt of the Obama administration. collapsed in 2014.
Asked by Saban, an American-Israeli businessman and philanthropist, about what motivates Trump's desire to achieve the "definitive agreement" to end the decades-long conflict, his son-in-law said it is " very personal for him. "
According to Kushner, Trump believes that an agreement is "discover how to achieve peace and how to strengthen the relationship between the US and Israel", considers it an integral part of the United States and its personal values. "
A flurry of reports over the weekend, citing US officials, s He argued that Trump White House was close to recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, a move that the Palestinian leadership warned can guillotine the total effort of the administration of peace.
When asked about Trump's expected speech on Wednesday to reveal his decision to move the embbady and a new policy on Jerusalem, Kushner confirmed that his father-in-law is still considering his options.
He is still seeing many different facts and when he makes his decision, he will be the one who wants to. "So he will make sure that he does it at the right time."
On Monday, the president must decide whether to sign a legal waiver that would delay plans to relocate the US embbady. UU From Tel Aviv to Jerusalem for another six months.
Palestinians covet the eastern part of the city as the capital of their expected state, and see the international recognition of an "undivided" Jerusalem as the rejection of that ambition.
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