Kushner Meets MBS to Discuss Peace Plan Between Palestine and Israel

(MEE— US President Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, who works as a senior White House adviser, met with Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Tuesday, an administration news release said.

The White House issued a statement a day after the meeting took place and said that US Middle East envoy Jason Greenblatt and US special representative for Iran Brian Hook also met with the crown prince, known as MBS, along with Kushner.

The statement did not provide many details, only alluding to the US peace plan for Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories.

“Building on previous conversations, they discussed increasing cooperation between the United States and Saudi Arabia, and the Trump administration’s efforts to facilitate peace between the Israelis and Palestinians,” the statement read.

“Additionally, they discussed ways to improve the condition of the entire region through economic investment,” it added.

Specifics of the proposed US peace plan for the two entities remain unknown at this point and the statement did not divulge any plans to help obtain agreement from Palestinian leaders, who have repeatedly said they want nothing to do with the US plan.

In an interview with Sky TV Arabia on Monday, Kushner said the plan “will be very detailed, very in-depth” both politically and economically and it will center on four objectives: “freedom, respect, opportunity and security”.

He said the political plan involves a desire “to eliminate the borders,” which may indicate that the US plan aims for a one-state solution.

Last June, Palestine’s top negotiator told Middle East Eye that the US plan would “normalise apartheid”.

“If there’s any plan, this is being implemented on the ground – moving the US embassy to occupied Jerusalem, withdrawing support for the two-state solution, cutting funds to UNRWA and eventually, trying to normalise Israeli apartheid in Palestine,” Saeb Erekat said.

The Trump administration last year moved its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, where Palestinians want to eventually see East Jerusalem as the capital for their state. The Israelis want the entire city as their capital.

The US was heavily censured by the international community when the UN General Assembly voted resoundingly to reject Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

Last week, Kushner said the US will announce the details of Trump’s Middle East peace plan after Israel’s parliamentary elections in April.

Kushner met with leaders in the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Oman earlier this week. He was in Turkey on Wednesday.

According to an MEE report on Tuesday, a senior White House official said Turkey may play a major role in bringing Hamas to the table and facilitating economic aid to the besieged Gaza Strip.

Khashoggi not mentioned

The White House statement did not mention whether Kushner spoke to MBS about Saudi Arabia’s involvement in the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

The visit marks the first time Kushner has met MBS since Khashoggi’s murder in Saudi Arabia’s Istanbul consulate last October.

In December, the Senate unanimously passed a resolution stating it believes MBS bears responsibility for the assassination, shortly after the CIA concluded that the crown prince was behind the murder.

Late last year, US Senate leaders invoked the Magnitsky Act, a human rights law, in the Khashoggi case, requiring the administration to present a report to lawmakers on the murder within 120 days – a period that expired on 8 February.

Trump has been adamant in standing by his Saudi allies, including MBS, as Saudi officials have repeatedly denied his involvement in the murder.

In an interview with CBS News in mid-February, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Washington is determined to have a “successful relationship” with Riyadh, but vowed to hold “everyone responsible” for the killing of Khashoggi accountable.

He did not respond to a question on whether he believes the CIA’s assessment of MBS’s involvement.

By MEE staff Republished with permission / Middle East Eye / Report a typo

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