Why Kushner’s Middle East visit is set for failure

Palestinians should not waste their time by expecting concrete results from Jared Kushner’s mediation efforts.

Jared Kushner's pro-Israel bias is not a secret to anyone, writes Fraihat [AP]
Jared Kushner’s pro-Israel bias is not a secret to anyone, writes Fraihat [AP]



Ibrahim Fraihat is Associate Professor of International Conflict Resolution at the Doha Institute for Graduate Studies.


White House senior adviser, and President Donald Trump‘s son-in-law, Jared Kushner isleading a US delegation on a Middle East tour that includes Saudi Arabia, Qatar, United Arab Emirates (UAE), Egypt, Jordan, Palestine, and Israel. Alongside Kushner, the delegation also includes envoy of international negotiations, Jason Greenblatt, and national security adviser, Dina Powell.

The goal of this tour is to discuss the next steps to “restart Israeli-Palestinian peace talks”, according to a White House official. While Kushner might eventually be able to arrange some meetings between Palestinian and Israeli leadership, no peace deal will be achieved under this administration and Trump “will [not] get it done,” as he previously promised.

The most important shortcoming of Trump administration’s efforts to achieve peace is that it does not have a clear vision for that peace. He lacks even the most basic understanding of what he really wants to achieve, a two-state, one-state, or no-state solution. “I’m looking at two-state and one-state and I like the one that both parties like. I’m very happy with the one that both parties like,” heonce stated. As 24-years of failed American mediation in this conflict shows there is nothing that “both parties” like. Benjamin Netanyahu likes only one thing: keep building Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank and obstructing the establishment of a Palestinian state at any cost, as he promised during his 2015 election campaign.

READ MORE HERE:   http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2017/08/kushners-middle-east-visit-set-failure-170823102423122.html

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