Apr 23, 2019 - World

Kushner says Israelis and Palestinians must make "tough compromises"

Jared Kushner at the Time 100 event. Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Jared Kushner, who is leading the White House "peace team," said at the TIME 100 conference in New York Tuesday that President Trump's peace plan will require “tough compromises” from both the Israelis and the Palestinians.

Why it matters: Kushner said the White House will start laying out the plan in June, after the Muslim month of Ramadan. The officials leading the White House effort have begun to speak more publicly about the plan, but still aren’t offering any details.

  • What he didn't say: Kushner was asked by TIME reporter Brian Bennett whether the plan will include a reference to the two-state solution. Kushner didn't answer the question, but later referred to the Arab peace initiative from 2002 — which called for a Palestinian state on the 1967 lines with East Jerusalem as its capital — as reflecting what he called "old talking points.”
  • What he did say: Kushner said the U.S. peace plan will not focus on the process but on a detailed solution that will be presented to the parties. He also said the plan will focus on a "bottom-up" approach for improving the lives of Palestinians and solving the core political issues of the conflict.
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