Kushner says economic plan won’t be implemented

Special Advisor to the US President, Jared Kushner, leaves from 10 Downing Street in London on June 4, 2019, on the second day of the US President and First Lady's three-day State Visit to the UK. - US President Donald Trump turns from pomp and ceremony to politics and business on Tuesday as he meets Prime Minister Theresa May on the second day of a state visit expected to be accompanied by mass protests. (Photo by Ben STANSALL / AFP) (Photo credit should read BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images)

(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.”

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