Kushner: Punishing Palestinians Won’t Hurt Chances for Peace Deal

Says US stripping away 'false realities' held by Palestinians

Fresh off of multiple major aid cuts to the Palestinians, efforts to get the vast majority of Palestinians stripped of refugee status, and the US office of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) closed, there are concerns of a backlash, with Palestinians saying that they are considering cutting all remaining ties with the US.

Jared Kushner, however, is downplaying the concerns, saying he believes that a series of punitive actions against the Palestinians will not in any way hurt chances of a peace deal. Indeed, he argued that it might lead to a “much higher chance of actually achieving a real peace.”

Kushner argued that the Palestinians hold to too many “false realities.” He says these views need to be changed, and that the US process is a radical break with the past. He added that the Palestinians deserved punishment for “vilifying” the Trump Administration over the Jerusalem embassy move.

Kushner says that the Palestinians will have to seriously consider the US peace plan, once it is proposed, if they are to be taken seriously. The Palestinians, and most of the region, already consider the plan dead on arrival, and many doubt it will ever be released publicly.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is news editor of Antiwar.com.