Kushner: Two State Solution an ‘old talking point’
President Trump’s son-in-law says US peace plan is “different” from past peace plans which failed, new ideas must be tried.
Jared Kushner, the advisor and son-in-law of US President Donald Trump, said that the administration’s long-awaited peace plan would not focus on the Two State solution in contrast to past peace plans.
Speaking at the Time100 Summit Tuesday, Kushner said that “our focus is really on the bottom up, which is how do you make the lives of the Palestinian people better, what can you resolve to allow these areas to become more investable?”
“We deal with all the core status issues because you have to do it, but we’ve also built a robust business plan for the whole region,” he said.
“I think that what we do is something that allows for Israel to maintain security, but there will be tough compromises for both,” he added.
When asked if the plan would focus on the Two State solution, Kushner said that “if people focus on the old traditional talking points we will never make progress.”
“What we will put out is different,” he said, noting the failure of past attempts based on the Two State Solution.
Kushner said that he had hoped to release the plan, which President Trump has called the “deal of the century,” last year. However, the administration held off on releasing the plan after the Israeli government announced new elections. He said that the plan will be released after the new coalition is formed.
“Once that’s done we’ll probably be in the middle of Ramadan, so we’ll wait until after Ramadan and then we’ll put our plan out,” Kushner said.
Earlier, it was reported that the White House is discouraging the use of the term “two-state solution” when describing possible outcomes to the Israeli-Palestinian Authority (PA) conflict.
A senior White House official on Monday confirmed to the Jewish Telegraphic Agency a report that appeared over the weekend on Sky News Arabic, a satellite TV station, and picked up by the Times of Israel.
“The two-state solution term means different things to different people,” the official told JTA. “There is no point in using a phrase that never achieved peace. Our plan provides a clear, realistic and detailed vision of what peace could actually look like.”