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Analysis: Can Kushner’s Peace Plan Recover From Trump’s Jerusalem Bombshell?

Jonathan Schanzer
7th December 2017 - Quoted by Amir Tibon - Haaretz

It may seem like an age now, but it was only four days ago that Jared Kushner, U.S. President Donald Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser, waxed lyrical about Israeli-Palestinian peace at the annual Saban Forum in Washington.

Kushner's speech was delivered confidently, and was convincing enough for a number of those in the audience to express second thoughts on the Trump administration's peace efforts. Maybe, some wondered, the administration was actually going to surprise the skeptics on the issue? And then, three days later, Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital.
 
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Jonathan Schanzer of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, a Washington-based think tank, said that there is merit to the argument that the administration could get better results in future peace talks following this decision.
 
"This speech doesn't challenge the Palestinian and Arab claims to East Jerusalem. This is only about acknowledging Israel's reality, it's not about precluding the Palestinians from pursuing their own objectives."
 
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israel, jerusalem, palestinians