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April 17, 2019 12:14 pm

Kushner Urges World to Keep ‘Open Mind’ About Yet-to-Be-Unveiled Israeli-Palestinian Peace Plan

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White House adviser Jared Kushner looks on during the Middle East summit in Warsaw, Poland, Feb. 14, 2019. Photo: Reuters / Kacper Pempel.

White House senior adviser Jared Kushner urged a group of ambassadors on Wednesday to keep an “open mind” about President Donald Trump’s upcoming Israeli-Palestinian peace proposal and said that it will require compromises from both sides, a source familiar with the remarks said.

Kushner said the peace plan is to be unveiled after Israel forms a governing coalition in the wake of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s election victory last week and after the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, which ends in early June, the source said.

“We will all have to look for reasonable compromises that will make peace achievable,” Kushner said, according to the source, who asked to remain unidentified.

Kushner, one of the main architects of the peace proposal and who is married to Trump daughter Ivanka, spoke to about 100 ambassadors from around the world at Blair House, the presidential guest home across the street from the White House. He spoke as part of a State Department series of speeches.

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The proposal has two major components: A political piece that addresses core political issues as the status of Jerusalem, and an economic part that aims to help the Palestinians strengthen their economy.

Unclear is whether the plan will propose outright the creation of a Palestinian state, the Palestinians’ core demand.

During his remarks, Kushner pushed back on the idea that the Trump peace plan was mostly centered around the economic package, saying the political component was “very detailed,” the source said.

“He said the plan will require concessions from both sides but won’t jeopardize the security of Israel,” the source said.

“It requires everybody approaching the plan with an open mind.”

The White House had no comment.

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