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Pompeo tries to manage expectations on Middle East peace plan

Pompeo tries to manage expectations on Middle East peace plan

Kushner, who is President Donald Trump's son-in-law, made the comments in a television interview with the Axios on HBO programmes, broadcast on Sunday. "I think he's here today and I think he's doing a lot of great things for the country and that's what I'm proud of" was all Kushner was prepared to say on the matter of Trump's bigotry.

Kushner again avoided saying explicitly whether the plan would include a two-state solution, the bedrock of USA policy for decades, calling for a Palestinian state in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, with its capital in East Jerusalem.

"It's our inalienable, sacred, long overdue, and internationally recognised right to be free".

When the peace plan will be released is yet to be determined, a Trump administration official told JNS on Thursday.

The White House adviser has previously suggested that the plan would not propose statehood for the Palestinians.

"It's hard to do hypotheticals, but the reality is is that we were not given anything that was salacious", he said. Mr Kushner and Mr Friedman have close ties to Beit El, one of the most hardline settlements in the occupied West Bank. "I get an email that says show up at 4 instead of 3 to a meeting that I had been told about earlier that I didn't know what the hell it was about".

The Palestinian leadership has boycotted a diplomatic effort that Trump has touted as the "deal of the century". The high suspicion in Ramallah has developed after a series of moves by the U.S. that have aided Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The effort faltered after Trump announced in 2017 he would move the US embassy to Jerusalem. The Palestinians cut all public contact with American officials after the embassy move was announced in December 2017.

Axios reporter Jonathan Swan pointed out that the email "had Russian Federation in the subject line". When asked if he thought the people of Palestine could self-govern without Israeli interference, he said like a true colonialist: "I think that's a very good question".

Kushner, whose experience before the White House was working in his family's property business, has been given some of the most important and complex portfolios, including Middle East peace and immigration.

Members of the Trump administration have themselves cast doubt on the potential success of the deal because of its content.

"It may be rejected". In an audio recording of the meeting obtained by the Washington Post, Pompeo expressed his scepticism of the secret plan, due to be revealed in a few weeks in Bahrain, saying that it might not "gain traction" and could be seen as "not particularly original". A key irritation is that it has taken more than two years to formulate. Journalist and author Justin Hendrix told Democrats to use the interview as further fodder for impeachment, referencing Kushner's refusal to say if he'd call the Federal Bureau of Investigation if contacted by Russians.