Donald Trump’s senior adviser still tight-lipped on Mideast peace plan

Vastavam web: President Donald Trump’s senior adviser and son-in-law acknowledged Thursday that it might not be a “smart money bet” to gamble on the success of the White House’s long-awaited blueprint for Mideast peace. But he insisted that it is a very detailed, fresh approach that hopefully will stimulate discussion and lead to breakthroughs in resolving the decades-old conflict.

Jared Kushner remained tight-lipped about the guts of the plan. He described it as an “in-depth operational document” not anchored to previous, failed negotiations, high-level political concepts or stale arguments.

“We’re building a very good business plan with a strong economic component for how Palestinians can move forward economically,” he said at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.

He said the plan attempts to ensure security for Israel and provide economic opportunity to improve the lives of Palestinians. The U.S. hopes that Arab countries will help bankroll economic incentives, such as infrastructure and industrial projects, to get Palestinians to buy into the plan.

The effort by Kushner and Jason Greenblatt, envoy of international negotiations, has been conducted without participation from the Palestinians. The Palestinian Authority, which has complained that White House favors Israel, severed ties with the Trump administration following several actions targeting them.