Saudi Paper Urges Palestinians to Consider Trump Peace Plan

The Palestinians should 'should negotiate hard' - says editor-in-chief of Arab News on Nakba Day, when Palestinians commemorate 1948 displacement

White House Adviser Jared Kushner arrives at the Office of the United States Trade Representative in Washington, August 29, 2018.
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The editor-in-chief of a Saudi newspaper is urging Palestinians to keep an open mind toward a Mideast plan being devised by President Donald Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner.

Faisal Abbas wrote in the Arab News on Wednesday that while the cards have been stacked against the Palestinians, Kushner's plan just may reverse the situation and make peace more possible.

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The column ran as Palestinians hold protests to mark the 71st anniversary of the "nakba," or "catastrophe," which commemorates their mass displacement during the war that led to Israel's creation.

Abbas wrote there's a "strong counter argument that it is time to think outside the box" and added: "The Palestinians should negotiate hard, and then take what they can to secure a nation state for future generations."