Kushner: Deal Will Be Something Between Arab Peace Initiative and Israeli Position

Initiative by Arab countries proposed a Palestinian state along 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital, and the right of return for refugees - points which have been rejected by Israel

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White House senior adviser Jared Kushner during an interview in Washington, U.S., June 20, 2019
White House senior adviser Jared Kushner during an interview in Washington, U.S., June 20, 2019Credit: \ Kevin Lamarque/ REUTERS

Reaching an Israeli-Palestinian deal along the lines of the Arab peace initiative will not be possible, requiring instead a stance between that and the Israeli position, White House senior adviser Jared Kushner said in an interview with Al Jazeera.

"I think we all have to recognise that if there ever is a deal, it's not going to be along the lines of the Arab peace initiative. It will be somewhere between the Arab peace initiative and between the Israeli position," Kushner told Al Jazeera in an interview that will air on Tuesday.

As part of the Arab Peace Initiative, Arab states led by Saudi Arabia have called for a Palestinian state drawn along borders that pre-date Israel's capture of territory in a 1967 war as well as a capital in East Jerusalem and the right of return for refugees, points rejected by Israel.

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The comments come ahead of a workshop in Bahrain to showcase the economic portion of Washington's long-awaited Arab-Israeli peace plan, a $50 billion development plan unveiled this week that has faced sharp criticism from Arabs across the region.

The lack of a political solution, which Washington has said would be unveiled later, has prompted rejection not only from Palestinians but in Arab countries with which Israel would seek normal relations.

Though Kushner has said that only the economic portions of the plan will be discussed in Manama, the comments offer a rare glimpse into what the political aspects of the peace plan may entail.

"All of the people I speak to, they talk about the Arab Peace Initiative, and again it was a great effort, but if that was where a deal was going to be made a deal would have been made a long time ago," said Kushner, who is President Donald Trump's son-in-law.

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