White House Senior Adviser Jared Kushner has said that the Palestinians deserve self-determination, but stopped short of backing Palestinian statehood, expressing uncertainty over their ability to govern themselves.
Kushner, who is President Donald Trump’s son-in-law, made the comments in a television interview with the Axios on HBO programs, broadcast on Sunday.
Asked whether he believed the Palestinians were capable of governing themselves without Israeli interference, Kushner said:
The Palestinians, he said, need to have a fair judicial system freedom of the press, freedom of expression, tolerance for all religions before the Palestinian areas can become investable.
One of the architects of the United States’s yet-to-be-released Middle East peace plan, Kushner said it would be a high bar when asked if the Palestinians could expect freedom from Israeli military and government interference.
Source: Palestine Chronicle