>> Top White House advisor Jared Kushner said Washington could announce its Middle East peace plan soon and press on with or without the cooperation of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. In an interview with a Palestinian newspaper published Sunday, Kushner said, quote, if President Abbas is willing to come back to the table, we are ready to engage.
If he is not, we will likely air the plan publicly. Kushner was on a trip to the region with the US envoy. He met Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and leaders in Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Egypt, but not Abbas. Abbas has refused to see Kushner and his team since President Donald Trump's decision to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, a city that Palestinians partially claim as their capital.
Palestine's chief negotiator, Saeb Erekat, on Sunday said the Trump Administration has no interest in hearing out their concerns.>> They are determined to dictate a solution. They walked away from the negotiating table.>> Abbas' spokesman said the only path to peace negotiations was a two-state solution, with Jerusalem as Palestine's capital.
The US plan is expected to propose solutions to core issues in the dispute between the Israelis and Palestinians. Such as borders, the future of Israeli settlements, and the fate of Palestine refugees and security, but the exact details remain unclear. Netanyahu, who strongly supported the embassy moves, seemed pleased with what he heard from Kushner.
>> There was complete support for our positions and actions to ensure the security of the state of Israel. Kushner also addressed the Palestinian people in the interview, urging them not to let their leadership reject a plan they had not yet seen.