'On 24 June, Jared Kushner, US President Donald Trump's son in law and his point person on US Middle East relations, gave an interview to the London-based Al Quds Al Arabi website. After reading the interview it is difficult to escape a further sense of hopelessness about the prospect of a fair deal between the Israelis and the Palestinians.
If the intellectual background arising from Kushner's answers is going to be embodied in the "deal of the century" that the Trump administration is expected to announce soon, Palestinians must prepare for another cold shower.
A distorted vision
The interview is so imbued with old cliches, lies, double standards and die-hard distorted visions of the situation that it is almost impossible to dismantle all of them.
Anyway, we will try quoting directly the words issued by the First Son in Law. "The prospects for peace are very much alive," said Kushner. He must possess a unique sense of optimism to claim such a nonsense considering the situation on the ground and the attitude of the current Israeli government.
"The [Arab] leaders we met with all care a lot about the Palestinian people." It would be interesting to know to which Arab leaders Kushner is referring.
Looking at certain statements recently attributed to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, or the Egyptian government's complicity in the closure of Gaza, it is difficult to find an abundance of care about the Palestinian people, at least among Arab leaders.
"They [Arab leaders] want a deal where the Palestinian people can live in peace and be afforded the same economic opportunities as the citizens of their own countries."
It is time that the US administration finally understands that Palestinians are not only interested in their economic situation but mainly in the fulfilment of their legitimate political rights. Focusing exclusively on the economic situation, although quite important, will continue to fuel the suspicion that the US "mediation" is trying to buy Palestinian's compliance with an unfair deal in exchange for money.
It did not work in the past, it will not work in the future. If the Palestinians were really ready to be bought, peace would have been achieved decades ago. This was Tony Blair's fixation for years as special representative of the Quartet: it produced no results but the painful delay and derailment of the peace process.'
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