Donald Trump is close to running away, screaming, from his attempts to make peace in the middle east after Jared Kushner royally f*cked up his attempt to speak to Palestinian leaders.
Kushner presented himself and his positions as expected during his “tense” meeting with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas — which, of course, was the problem.
“They sounded like Netanyahu’s advisers and not like fair arbiters,” a senior Palestinian official told Israeli newspaper Haaretz. “They started presenting Netanyahu’s issues and then we asked to hear from them clear stances regarding the core issues of the conflict.”
Netanyahu’s government has traditionally been — well, “unkind” would be an understatement, so we’ll go with “hostile” — to Palestinians.
In 2014, for example, the deputy speaker of the Knesset — Israel’s parliament — Moshe Feiglin said that Palestinians should be “concentrated” into “tent encampments” with any who resisted being “exterminated.” The “formerly populated areas,” he added, should be “shelled with maximum fire power.”
It’s been years, but he still has not deleted the horrific post in which he called for concentration camps, genocide, and carnage:
ב”ה לכבודראש הממשלה בנימין נתניהואדוני ראש הממשלהזה עתה נוד…
It’s really hard to talk peace when one government’s position is quite literally that genocide is the answer — and when the administration allegedly attempting to broker a peace deal is 100% on that government’s side.
“(Kushner) will submit his report to the president and, after it is submitted, Trump will decide if there’s a chance for negotiations or it might be preferable to pull out peace talks,” the Palestinian official said.
Ultimately, it is clear that Trump really put his foot (or both) in his mouth when he said that a peace deal would be “maybe not as difficult as people have thought over the years.”
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