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September 16, 2018 10:22 am

Kushner Says US Measures Against Palestinians Increase Chances for Mideast Peace

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and US President Donald Trump with senior White House adviser Jared Kushner at the start of a meeting in Jerusalem on May 22, 2017. Photo: Kobi Gideon/GPO. – The chances for Middle East peace have improved by eliminating the “false realities” that surround the peacemaking process between the Israelis and Palestinians despite recent US moves against the latter, according to US President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner.

“There were too many false realities that were created—that people worship—that I think needed to be changed,” he said on Thursday in an interview with The New York Times. “All we’re doing is dealing with things as we see them and not being scared out of doing the right thing. I think, as a result, you have a much higher chance of actually achieving a real peace.”

Kushner’s remarks follow the administration’s closing on Monday of the Palestine Liberation Organization’s Washington offices and the cutting of funds for the Palestinian Authority last month, in addition to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), which deals with the Palestinian refugee issue.

“Nobody is entitled to America’s foreign aid,” Kushner said in the interview.

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The PA blasted Kushner’s remarks, with Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas’s spokesperson saying that Kushner reflects “ignorance of the reality of the conflict.”

“Peace will only come through a two-state solution, including [eastern] Jerusalem as the capital of the State of Palestine, in accordance with legitimate international resolutions and Arab League summit decisions,” Nabil Abu Rudeinah said in comments published on the official PA news outlet Wafa.

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