By Sohaila Barghash
Kushner is said to have been working on this economic plan for the past couple of years, and aims to discuss it during his near visit to the region.
On Tuesday, a senior administration official announced that “Jared is going to present the economic plan to the region. The economic plan only works if the region supports it.”
Adding: “We understand that if the political aspect of it is not solid, the economic aspect is meaningless. But at the same time the political aspect will not succeed without a proper economic plan.”
Officials also announced their objectives toward creating a peace plan between the Israelis and Palestinians in the next few months, however, they emphasized the necessity of doing so after Israel’s elections on April 9.
Kushner’s tour around the Middle East, which will begin later this month, will include visits to the Gulf only; to Oman, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates. Yet no meetings were arranged with other concerned parties, such as the Palestinian Authority.
Jared Kushner will be accompanied by Middle East emissary Jason Greenblatt, Special Representative for Iran, Brian Hook, and Deputy Assistant to the President Avi Berkowitz.
Officials claim the purpose of this tour is to discuss and gain feedback from the countries involved, and the international community in regard to the plan, which promises economic opportunities for Palestinians.
Regardless of claims continuously made by the Trump administration on favoring peaceful solutions between the Palestinians and Israelis, Trump himself often expresses a fondness for Israel and its right-wing leader Benjamin Netanyahu.
For instance, almost a year ago, Trump moved the American Embassy to Jerusalem, which Israel considers to be its capital against International Law and the will of Palestinians, which further contributed to rising tensions among both sides and worsened opposition of American involvement in the Palestinian case, and the region as a whole.