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Kushner rips Abbas, says Middle East peace plan due 'soon'

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Kushner rips Abbas, says Middle East peace plan due 'soon'

This Hamas-provoked tit-for-tat resembles similar sequences of events that took place two weeks ago in a violent escalation between the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) and Israel. Kushner has spent the week discussing the plan with leaders from Israel, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Jordan and Qatar. The State Department, normally the clearinghouse for diplomatic endeavors, was silent.

"If there's any plan, this is being implemented on the ground; with moving the US Embassy to occupied Jerusalem, withdrawing support for the two-state solution, cutting funds to [UN relief agency for Palestine] UNRWA and, eventually, trying to normalise the Israeli apartheid in Palestine", Erekat told MEE. But they have very conspicuously avoided meeting with the Palestinian Authority, preferring instead to bring Israel and neighboring Arab countries on board.

Mr. Abbas has refused to see Mr. Trump's team since USA recognised Jerusalem as Israel's capital and moved its Embassy there.

"The actual details of the deal are between the Israelis and the Palestinians, but the economic plan we are working on will extend to the Jordanian and Egyptian people as well", Kushner said.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says his talks with Kushner were productive. Abbas has refused any contact with Trump's administration since Washington's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital at the end of past year. It also said the army ordered 21 Palestinian families to leave their homes in the Jordan Valley so that soldiers can play their war games in the vicinity of their homes, as well as settlers torching West Bank fields near Nablus in the north destroying hundreds of olive trees and large area of farm land.

Peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians have been stalled since 2014.

In a statement, Ashraf al-Qidra, spokesman for Palestinian Health Ministry, said 44 of the injured people received bullet wounds. From there he will visit coastal Tel Aviv, Israel's financial and cultural capital, and Ramallah in the West Bank, seat of the Palestinian autonomy government. The Palestinians consider that control a violation of any sovereignty they may gain.

"The Arab countries made it clear that their position remains clear, namely that a two-state solution should be based on worldwide resolutions [pertaining to the Israeli-Arab conflict]", he added. "There is a good deal to be done here from what I assess", Kushner said. The royal itinerary mentioned Jerusalem as being part of "the Occupied Palestinian Territories", angering Israeli politicians.

The visit comes after a flare-up of hostilities between Israel and the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip.

The Saudis and other gulf rulers are close to Trump, but the Palestinian issue is politically complicated for them. Palestinian leaders will be listening closely to see how the Prince addresses their aspirations.

That is keenly true for neighboring Jordan.

The transcript of Kushner's interview was made public by the White House. "He has his talking points which have not changed in the last 25 years". Trump's critics say that's long overdue.

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