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White House senior adviser Jared Kushner and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in 2017. Photo: Osama Falah/PPO via Getty Images

Palestinian leaders rejected the economic aspect of the Trump administration's Israeli-Palestinian peace plan, spearheaded by President Trump's son-in-law and White House senior adviser Jared Kushner, because they want to see a political solution first, Reuters reports.

Details: The political plan is expected to be released in November, after a new Israeli government is formed. The economic proposals published Saturday include a $50 billion investment plan. But Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said "the economic situation should not be discussed before the political one," according to Al Jazeera.

Go deeper: Jared Kushner: "I'm not here to be trusted" by Palestinian leaders

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