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Abbas says Kushner has investigated the establishment of a Palestinian-Jordanian peace-planning confederation – Axios



Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas told a group of Israeli MPs who met him today at his office in Ramallah that President Trump's adviser Jared Kushner and US Special Envoy Jason Greenblatt had asked him at one of their meetings if he supported the formation of a Palestinian Confederation as Part of a Solution to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Why It's Important: Most of the details of the talks that Kushner and Greenblatt have held with their Israeli and Palestinian peace plan over the past 18 months have never been leaked , This is the first time any player in the region has mentioned that the US has investigated the possibility of a Palestinian-Jordanian confederation. This idea has not been on the table in the peace talks of the Middle East for the past 25 years.

  • Two people attending the meeting I took notes and said Abbas said he had told Kushner and Greenblatt he would agree with a trilateral confederation of Israel, Jordan and Palestine. "I asked them if the Israelis would agree with such a confederation, but they said they did not know," Abbas told Israeli Knesset members at today's meeting.

More details from the meeting, according to two people who participated in it:

  • Abbas said that in all four of his meetings with Trump, the President had told him that he supported a two-state solution. Abbas said he believed Trump had changed his mind.
  • Abbas also said that current US policy toward the Palestinians is hostile and precludes any possibility of making progress in the peace process. He emphasized that he was against the upcoming peace plan of the White House.
  • Abbas criticized the Trump government's decision to stop the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Middle East (UNRWA), describing the move as disappointing and dangerous. He added that he has always said that the return of Millions of Palestinian refugees will destroy Israel and that it does not want to destroy Israel, but wants to live side by side with it. Abbas said that a formula can be found that will not hurt Israel, but will provide a solution for the refugees. "The Arab Peace Initiative speaks of a friendly solution to the refugee problem," he said.

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