Kushner: Economic plan precondition for peace

Watch. “Peace to Prosperity” workshop in Bahrain.

White House senior adviser opens Bahrain conference on economic aspect of US peace plan.

White House senior Adviser Jared Kushner delivered remarks Tuesday evening at the US “Peace to Prosperity” workshop in Bahrain.

“For too long, the Palestinian people have been trapped in an inefficient framework of the past,” Kushner said.

“The Peace to Prosperity vision is a modern framework for a brighter and more prosperous future. ”

Kushner said his plan for the Middle East was “the opportunity of the century” for the Palestinians but that their acceptance was a pre-condition to peace.

“Agreeing on an economic pathway forward is a necessary pre-condition to resolving the previously unsolvable political issues,” Kushner said as he opened a workshop in Bahrain being boycotted by the Palestinian Authority.

While the two-day meeting will not address political solutions in the Middle East, Kushner acknowledged the need to take them up later.

“To be clear, economic growth and prosperity for the Palestinian people are not possible without an enduring and fair political solution to the conflict — one that guarantees Israel’s security and respects the dignity of the Palestinian people.”

Kushner said that the Palestinians have been ill-served by previous peace-making efforts.

“My direct message to the Palestinian people is that despite what those who have let you down in the past say, President Trump and America have not given up on you,” he said.

He dismissed the mocking description of his peace plan as the “deal of the century” but said: “This effort is better referred to as the Opportunity of the Century, if the leadership has the courage to pursue it.”

The economic plan, revealed by the White House on Saturday, aims to raise more than $50 billion for the Palestinian Authority (PA) and create one million jobs for its residents within a decade.

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