Published: Mon, June 25, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Trump Adviser Kushner Criticizes Abbas, Says US Peace Plan Near

Trump Adviser Kushner Criticizes Abbas, Says US Peace Plan Near

Jared Kushner, US President Donald Trump's senior adviser, said that he is "ready to work with President Abbas", a Palestinian newspaper reported on Sunday.

Palestinian officials denounced U.S. envoy Jared Kushner on Sunday over remarks he made during an interview with a Palestinian newspaper, and accused him of "incitement" against Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.

Kushner added that the Middle East peace plan is nearly completed, but did not elaborate on its details, the AP reported.

Prince William on Sunday praised "historic ties and friendship" with Jordan and the kingdom's commitment to Syrian and Palestinian refugees, as he began a historic five-day tour that also includes Israel and the Palestinian territories.

Kushner cast doubt on Abbas' ability to make a deal, alleging that the Palestinian leadership is "scared we will release our peace plan and the Palestinian people will actually like it" because it would offer them a better life.

Palestinian leaders say the move confirms their long-held suspicions that the United States is not an honest broker in the on-again, off-again peace talks, but is allied with Israel. The team met with leaders of Israel, Jordan, Qatar, Egypt and Saudi Arabia to discuss the worsening humanitarian situation in Gaza and the administration's proposals for a peace deal.

Abbas cut communications with the Trump administration after it recognised Jerusalem as the capital of Israel in December 2017. The negotiator doubled down on his criticism Sunday during an interview on Israeli television, saying the Washington negotiators were "not neutral" and predicting the U.S. plan would fail. But they have very conspicuously avoided meeting with the Palestinian Authority, preferring instead to bring Israel and neighboring Arab countries on board.

Hussein, 23, a Sandhurst-trained second lieutenant in the Jordanian army, shares a passion for football and motorbikes with William.

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Ahead of William's arrival, the official schedule's reference to east Jerusalem as "in the Occupied Palestinian Territories" sparked anger among right-wing Israeli politicians.

Though William is not expected to comment on the long-standing conflict and stalled peace talks, his visit is being lauded by Palestinians as recognition of their occupied status.

Israel captured the West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip in the 1967 war.

The Palestinians have been infuriated by Trump's policies and see east Jerusalem as their future capital, insisting the status of the disputed city is an issue to be negotiated between them and the Israelis.

He noted that she had spent nearly three years as a child in Jordan, when her father worked in Amman for British Airways.

Hanan Ashrawi, a senior official of the Palestine Liberation Organisation, said she welcomed William's visit to the West Bank as a chance to see Palestinian reality under Israeli occupation first hand.

He will also visit the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem and pay tribute at the tomb of his great-grandmother Princess Alice of Greece, who was honored by Israel for sheltering Jews during World War II.

The British Royal then headed straight to Fablabs, an initiative by the Crown Prince's foundation to equip young entrepreneurs with the technology they need to realise their ambitions. On Sunday evening, William is delivering a speech during a reception hosted by the British Embassy in Amman.

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