Jared Kushner, senior adviser to US President Donald Trump, has expressed doubt as to whether the Israeli-Palestinian conflict can be solved, according to leaked comments released yesterday.
Kushner, who has been charged with spearheading the Middle East peace process, made the comments during an off the record lecture to congressional interns. In the recording obtained by Wired, he can be heard saying that he did not think the Trump administration offered anything “unique” in dealing with the conflict.
And there may be no solution, but it’s one of the problem sets that the president asked us to focus on
Kushner also expressed support for the installation of metal detectors at entrances to Al-Aqsa Mosque, a decision which caused widespread protests and resulted in clashes with Israeli occupying forces that killed seven people and injured thousands before the authorities relented.
“I have tried to look at why people haven’t been successful in the negotiations, so I looked and studied all the different negotiations,” he said. “I spoke to a lot of people who have been part of them, and I think the reason why, is that this is a very emotionally charged situation.”
“Look at what happened this past ten days [Al-Aqsa crisis] – a lot of seemingly logical measures taken on the different [unintelligible] part somehow became a little bit incendiary.”
He also lamented the press treatment of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, a family friend Kushner has known since childhood and who he refers to with his nickname Bibi.
“Bibi was getting beaten up by the press in Israel, because that was very politically unpopular for him to do,” he said, describing the reaction to Netanyahu’s decision to remove the security measures.
Last month, the US revealed their “deal of the century” for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict; it ruled out the two-state solution as an answer to the crisis, instead giving Jordan and Egypt control of the West Bank and Gaza respectively.
The secretary general of the Lebanese Hezbollah resistance movement says Israel’s acts of aggression at the al-Aqsa Mosque compound are the result of bids meant to normalize ties between certain regional Arab countries and the Tel Aviv regime.
Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said Tel Aviv’s measures at the mosque were also the consequences of the so-called peace plan between Israelis and Palestinians.
However, he stressed that Israel’s ploy at al-Aqsa Mosque had failed as they were met with widespread condemnation and the massive presence of Palestinians at the holy site.
Nasrallah made the remarks in Beirut during a Wednesday meeting with Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, a special adviser on international affairs to the Iranian parliament speaker.
“Zionists are seeking to use all possible means to normalize their ties with certain countries of the region and the Arab world and at the same time they are taking steps towards the collapse of these countries,” he said.
He also warned against plots to partition the Middle East and alter the geographic map of the region and that of the Muslim world, saying such schemes are devised to help the enemy achieve its goals.
The Hezbollah chief also praised the role of Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei in recognizing and countering the evil plots of enemies against the region and the Muslim world, saying the issue of resistance in Palestine, Syria and Lebanon is directly linked to regional stability and security.
The Iranian official, for his part, lauded the role of Hezbollah in contributing to the security of the region.
While rendering assistance to the campaign against terrorism, Iran employs all its diplomatic capacities to fully support “realistic and fair” political solutions to the conflicts in the region, including in Syria and Yemen, said Amir-Abdollahian.
Tensions have recently escalated in the West Bank and Jerusalem al-Quds between the Israeli forces and the Palestinians after the Tel Aviv regime imposed restrictions on al-Aqsa Mosque.
Muslims refused to hold prayers at the mosque and prayed on the streets around the Old City of Jerusalem al-Quds for almost two weeks after Israel installed metal detectors at entry points of the holy site following a deadly shooting incident on July 14.
Israeli officials decided to remove the controversial security measures late on July 26.
Israel’s recent restrictive measures have drawn widespread international condemnations.