Kushner quiet on details of Mideast peace plan

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Published on June 26, 2019 - Duration: 01:31s

Kushner quiet on details of Mideast peace plan

The Trump administration is chasing support for an economic plan that it says will be a foundation for Israeli-Palestinian peace.

But the Palestinians - and many other Arabs - don't think their pitch will work without a political solution to the decades-old conflict.

Lauren Anthony reports.


Kushner quiet on details of Mideast peace plan

Jared Kushner's Mideast peace conference in Bahrain entered its second day.

With the architect of President Trump's $50 billion plan trying to push back on its skeptics, including those among the Palestinians themselves.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) SENIOR ADVISOR TO TO U.S. PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP, JARED KUSHNER, SAYING: "Gaza right now is feeling a lot of pain because of bad leadership and the sanctions that have been imposed on them because of it.

So the question that leadership has to ask themselves is: do they hate their neighbor in Israel more than they love their citizens and their people?" Neither the Palestinian nor Israeli governments are attending the conference.

The ex-leader of the U.S's biggest ally is, though.

Tony Blair, also the Middle East's former envoy, said financially the plan to heavily invest in economic projects that benefit Palestinians is a good start.

But no real progress can be made without a political fix -- particularly the long-sought two state solution.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) FORMER BRITISH PRIME MINISTER TONY BLAIR, SAYING: "It's absolutely foolish to believe you can have economics without sound politics, but it's likewise completely futile to think politics will work without economics buttressing it." Blair is echoing the words of most other world leaders and the United Nations.

So far, the White House has refused to divulge the political details of the plan and Palestinian leadership have always considered a two-state solution a non-negotiable must-have.

Meanwhile, the West Bank has heaved with several thousand Palestinian protesters coinciding with the conference.

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