Blossom is not giving up on this peacemaking malarky in a hurry.
Jared Kushner, the American president’s son-in-law, may be a diplomatic novice (who would have noticed?) but he is not afraid of innovating. As his quest for the Ultimate Deal™ has shown, there is an agility of mind and ability to adapt that is truly mind-boggling.
He has been quick to identify obstacles to peace.
First he blamed Mahmoud Abbas. The increasingly hapless Palestinian Authority leader – whose unflinching support for the peace process has seen him isolated from traditional allies, political rivals, his own people and now finally from his US sponsor – was not willing to “lean into” a final deal.
Abbas’ insistence on some semblance of respect for principles of international law like the inadmissibility of acquiring territory by force or moving a civilian population into occupied territories – “talking points,” as Kushner prefers to call them – has rendered him ineligible as a peace partner.
Pivot and adapt
The White House senior advisor and his sidekicks, Vapor Man and Louie, then pivoted to plan B, Rebuilding Gaza Inc.
But since the plan takes the salient points – infrastructure development, the building of a seaport and opening of the airport in Gaza – of a previous US-brokered plan, the 2005 Agreement on Movement and Access, and basically moves it all to Egypt, that too has gained little traction.
The White House “senior advisor” blamed Hamas, which as everyone knows is simply an anagram of “something, something, something, terrorists.” And who could argue with him about that?
It has left a problem, however. Since Palestinian leaders of all persuasions are clearly unfit for the purpose of the Ultimate Deal™, how to proceed?'
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