Jared Kushner: Mideast peace plan not dead yet

On Saturday, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said he was cutting all ties, including coordination on security issues, with both Israel and the United States. Earlier in the week, Abbas rejected the Trump plan with an emphatic “‘thousand no’s“ — and other Palestinian leaders and some Arab governments (though not all) made it clear they saw no point in even considering the proposal.

Trump has become a popular figure in Israel for a number of reasons, including his decision to relocate the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and his decision to support Israel’s annexation of the Golan Heights, formerly a part of Syria. Kushner said it is now up to Palestinians to step up and see that the Trump administration has offered a reasonable deal.

“What they did is they rejected this before it came out. They called for a day of rage, and they’re saying, we want a state. But people who are ready to get a state aren’t calling for days of rage and then marching in the street,“ he said.

The “Peace to Prosperity” Trump plan was released Tuesday in the presence of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

In the 180-page document, the Trump administration outlined a proposal for a potential Palestinian state to be created four years down the road, with a section of East Jerusalem as its capital. It included a map that ceded some of the territory seized by Israel in the Six-Day War in 1967 to Israel. That map also included land swaps that would shift communities that have been within Israel’s borders since 1948 to the potential Palestinian state.

Plans for economic assistance for Palestinians were detailed as well.

Critics of the plan noted it placed extensive conditions on Palestinians that reduce the possibility that they’d ever get a state — and would then limit the ability of Palestinians to govern themselves going forward. Israelis, having seen previous peace plans fall on deaf ears over the decades, countered that Palestinians could not hope for a resolution if they treated every proposal as immediately dead in the water.

Kushner called the Middle East peace process “probably the most complicated problem in the world.“

He told Zakaria: “What we’ve tried to do is take a pragmatic approach to it. We’ve tried to do it differently, and I think that for the first time there’s a real offer on the table to break the logjam. And it’s really up to the Palestinians to see if they have the opportunity to pursue it.“