Israeli Minister of Education and leader of the New Right Party, Naftali Bennett, believes that US President Donald Trump’s plan for the so-called settlement of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, known as the “Deal of the Century”, threatens Israel’s existence.
In a statement issued on Monday, February 25, Israeli Education Minister Naftali Bennett said the Deal of the Century would be unveiled after the Israeli parliamentary elections in April and that it would have a significant economic impact on the region.
“And this plan will bring us back to exactly the equation that brought us the deaths of more than a thousand people and thousands of rocket attacks,” he added, quoted by the Arab edition of the RT channel.
The information comes as the US President’s son-in-law and special adviser, Jared Kushner, has once again launched a tour of Arab countries in the Middle East to prepare for the adoption of the Deal of the Century. During these visits, Kushner is accompanied by Jason Greenblatt, U.S. Special Envoy for the Middle East.
On the first day of their Middle Eastern tour, Jared Kushner and Jason Greenblatt met Sheikh Khalifa ben Zayed Al Nahyane, the Emir of the United Arab Emirates, and the Sultan Qabus of Oman.
Without making any specific reference to the Deal of the Century in his interview with Sky News Arabia in Abu Dhabi, Jared Kushner claimed that “we want to consult the countries of the region and hear their views on how best to move the case forward”.
“We will also inform them of some details about what needs to be done, including the economic opportunities and potential that will be on the horizon once this plan is realized,” added Donald Trump’s Special Advisor.
It should be noted that Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, two of the main supporters of the Deal of the American Century, are currently working to intensify pressure on Arab countries in the region as well as on the Palestinian Autonomous Authority to impose their plan, which in reality aims to destroy the Palestinian cause, a plan that resistance groups in the region have strongly rejected.
Jared Kushner, bad negotiator even in the eyes of the Israelis
Trump’s son-in-law’s bargaining methods are apparently so catastrophic that even the DEBKAfile website, which is close to the Israeli military intelligence community, cannot control his anger.
In an article published on Monday, February 25, DEBKAfile writes:
“Although Jared Kushner claims that the American peace plan addresses all the fundamental issues of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, he has not indicated a precise timetable for his presentation. »
In his interview with Sky News, Jared Kushner said he and Jason Greenblatt had formulated “correct and functional solutions to the issue, solutions that will remain relevant for 2019”.
The DEBKAfile article also tells us that the Israelis do not want the American peace plan to bring the Palestinian leaders in Gaza and the West Bank under the same leadership, and that the Arab-Israeli dispute is fading to Iran, the country in which Trump’s Special Advisor claims to see “the greatest threat in the region”.
Indeed, the article finds the American administration’s hope of bringing the Palestinians together under a single leadership “unrealistic”. “Arab mediators who have worked hard to achieve this have thrown in the towel before,” the article adds.
DEBKAfile notes later:
“Kushner did not make it clear whether or not the plan, on which he had been working with Greenblatt for almost two years, was completed or ready to be presented. According to our sources, some elements are still under development. »
Israeli media reported on some points of the interview given by Trump’s adviser to Sky News in this pre-electoral atmosphere prevailing in occupied Palestine.
The Israeli commentators to whom the DEBKAfile website refers do not easily digest that Jared Kushner talks, in his interview, about a new economic infrastructure for Palestinians, without addressing real political solutions to the Israeli-Palestinian dispute.