Senior adviser Jared Kushner visits Jerusalem to bolster support for Israel-Palestine peace plan

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Tel Aviv, May 31: White House senior advisor Jared Kushner has paid an official visit to Jerusalem to strengthen support for his Palestine-Israel peace plan which met with political turmoil after an overnight crisis which plunged Israel into the months-long election campaign.

According to ANI news reports, President Donald Trump’s son-in-law Kushner has visited Israel for the final tour of his Middle East tour just before a US-led meeting in Manama, the Bahraini capital, where the economic aspect of Israel-Palestine peace plan is slated to be unveiled.

The Trump administration has pushed the “workshop” in Manama which was organized as part of the “deal of the century”, which is likely not to discuss the political aspect of the conflict, instead will hold discussion seeking to encourage investments into the occupied territories of Palestine.

The Palestine leadership which has condemned Kushner’s peace proposal, however, wasn’t consulted about the Manama meeting and therefore is not likely to address the main political issues which include issues related to the fate of Palestine refugees, the status of Jerusalem and the final borders.

Mohammad Shtayyeh, the Palestinian Prime Minister, was quoted by Al-Jazeera last week as saying “any solution to the conflict in Palestine must be political … and based on ending the occupation”.

Meanwhile, the Jewish country was jolted by a wave of political chaos yesterday a month after Israel voted in a national election which was scheduled on April 9, where Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu failed to form a coalition government to govern the nation till the deadline May 29, and decided to dissolve the parliament rather than risking his political foe, Benny Gantz.

Moreover, the new general polls are scheduled to take place on September 17.

Hani al-Masri, the political analysts, told Al-Jazeera, “The call for renewed Israeli elections in September means that the deal will be put on hold for another few months, aggravating the situation.”

 

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