(JTA) — The economic plan to help the Palestinians and other Arab countries will not be implemented unless there is a political solution, White House Senior Advisor Jared Kushner said.
“There is no plan to make these investments before achieving …political progress,” Kushner said of the 140-page plan introduced last week in Bahrain to investors and representatives of countries in the region.
He made the statement during a rare on-the-record conversation with reporters on July 3.
Kushner touted the success of the meeting which was boycotted by the Palestinians and to which the Israelis were not invited.
He said every country that was invited showed up, as well as “very senior” business leaders. “I think we’ve definitely started a discussion in the Arab world about the Palestinians’ future and the capabilities of the current leadership to help them achieve that future,” he said.
Kushner called the Palestinian reaction to the plan and the summit “hysterical and erratic and not terribly constructive.” He noted that his father-in-law, President Donald Trump “cares about the Palestinian people and would like to see this issue that’s been stuck for too long be resolved,” and that “President Trump is very fond of [Palestinian Authority] President [Mahmoud] Abbas.”