U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday proposed creating a Palestinian state as part of a Middle East peace plan, drawing Palestinian condemnation for imposing strict conditions and agreeing to let Israel maintain control of long-contested West Bank settlements.
Trump announced his plan for Israeli-Palestinian peace at a White House event with embattled Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu standing at his side. It seemed unlikely to immediately advance Israeli-Palestinian talks that broke down in 2014, but the plan quickly drew the mockery of late night comedians and social media memes.
“The Daily Show’s” Trevor Noah ripped into Trump’s son-in-law, Middle East adviser and "participation trophy husband" Jared Kushner. Noah joked, “Kushner is like, ‘I spent two hours at Kinko’s, so, yeah, it’s a good plan.” And just because you draw a picture of something you want doesn’t mean you’re going to get it.”
“He’s like, ‘We’ve got a map.’ It doesn’t mean you’ll get that map. I once drew a picture of myself riding a horse. Did I get a horse? No, I got a monkey. Good news, you can actually ride a monkey. Yeah, they don’t like it, but you can do it,” Noah continued.
Kushner made things worse for himself when he told Sky News Arabia Wednesday about the work that went into the plan, saying, “I’ve been studying this now for three years.” Kushner added, “I’ve read 25 books on it, I’ve spoken to every leader in the region, I’ve spoken to everyone who’s been involved in this.”
The Washington Post’s Alexandra Petri skewered Kushner in an article titled, “I have just read 25 books and I am here to perform your open-heart surgery.”
The entire week’s news, which kicked off with Netanyahu officially being indicted in Israeli court, generated a bevy of social media memes.
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Below are a few examples: