Jared Kushner, the senior adviser to US President Donald Trump is set to start a visit in the Middle East on Wednesday. Kushner will hold talks in Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Qatar during his visit to the region.
Kushner will invite Arab leaders to a peace conference in Camp David during his visit to the region, Yediot Aharonot newspaper reports.
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At the peace conference, President Trump will present his Mideast Peace Plan. The report is citing a source in Washington who said the conference is set to take place before the Israeli September 17 elections. According to journalist Nahum Barnea, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Israeli Ambassador to Washington Ron Dermer are involved in the designing the peace plan.
According to Yediot Aharonot, Netanyahu will probably not attend the peace conference, since Kushner believes Netanyahu participation in the conference will make it difficult to convinces Arab leaders to attend it.
The peace conference serves both Netanyahu and Trump’s election campaigns. For the Israelis, it portrays Netanyahu as a global leader and it may affect Blue and White party as well as the Labor party to join his coalition after the elections.
On Tuesday, the security cabinet unanimously approved Netanyahu’s plan to build 700 housing units for Palestinians living in the West Bank’s Area C, which is under full Israeli control. The decision, outraged rightist circles.
But, it has been claimed the decision is intended to help Kushner in convincing Arab leaders to accept the invitation, not to help the Palestinian Arabs.
Trump will present “the deal of the century” without going into details and conditions. He is expected to say yes, to a Palestinian entity, but not necessarily a Palestinian state; He will say yes, to Palestinian presence in Jerusalem, but not necessarily as a capital.
is likely to rule the plan out, while other Arab leaders will legitimate the move simply by attending the conference. Netanyahu, on his hand, is likely to praise the move and say he has many reservations without specifying.
Last week, Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas met with Jordanian King Abdullah II in Amman. The two leaders published an announcement supporting a Palestinian state with a capital in East Jerusalem. The statement reads: “Both sides believe it is important to reach a steady peace between Israelis and Palestinians and stress that they will continue to back Palestinians in getting their legal rights and establishing a state based on the 1967 border, with East Jerusalem as its capital.”