Trump's advisor Kushner says to announce U.S. Mideast peace plan "soon"
RAMALLAH, June 24 (Xinhua) -- U.S. President Donald Trump's senior advisor Jared Kushner announced to make public the U.S. peace plan "soon," a Palestinian newspaper reported on Sunday.
In a rare interview with Palestinian newspaper Al-Quds, the U.S. president's son-in-law said the peace deal will be ready soon and will press on with or without the participation of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.
While refusing to reveal details of the plan, he criticized the rejection of Abbas to the peace plan before it is publicly announced.
"To make a deal, both sides will have to take a leap and meet somewhere between their stated positions," he said.
"The actual details of the deal are between the Israelis and the Palestinians, but the economic plan we are working on will extend to the Jordanian and Egyptian people as well," said Kushner.
Kushner and U.S. presidential senior envoy Jason Greenblatt are currently visiting Israel as part of a regional tour to meet officials of Israel, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Egypt and Jordan.
He went on saying that the Arab leaders "want to see a Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital and an agreement that enables the Palestinians to live in peace."
Kushner emphasized the economic benefits of a deal, noting that the Palestinians will be able to take advantage of Israel's prosperity if a deal is reached, and that peace in the region will attract more global investment.
The Palestinian Authority has boycotted the U.S. administration since last December, when Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital and moved its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
The Palestinians have since excluded the United States from the Mideast peace sponsors, and turned to Europe and other countries for a multilateral sponsorship.