The US administration is preparing to unveil its peace plan in the Middle East in early June. The project has been hailed as the “deal of the century”. However, Palestine has express scepticism.

On Tuesday, Jared Kushner, son-in-law and senior adviser to President Trump, revealed that the White House would release the details of the Middle East peace plan after the holy month of Ramadhan.

According to Kushner, the US peace plan aims at addressing two issues, namely to improve the lives of Palestinians and to make Israel safer. However, Trump’s son-in-law has already announced that the deal would require “tough comprises” for both sides.

“We’ve studied, you know, all the different past efforts and how they’ve failed and why they’ve failed. And there’s been some tremendous work done by the people who worked on this before us. So, we’ve tried to do it a little bit differently,” Kushner said during an interview at the 2019 TIME 100 Summit.

President Trump’s adviser on the Middle East peace process refrained from commenting on whether the US plan provided for a two-state solution as recommended by United Nations resolution.

Last Wednesday, Palestine’s Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh accused the United States of waging “a financial war” against Palestine, noting that the peace plan concocted by the Americans was “born dead”.

The Palestinian economy is currently facing a serious fiscal shock due to Israel’s restrictions on imports and customs revenue transfers. The two-state solution has enjoyed overwhelming international support for the past two decades. But Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his hard-line political allies have always rejected calls for a Palestinian state.

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Ahmed Naser is a UK-based journalist with a deep understanding of the Middle East. Ahmed is a contributor to a wide range of regional publications in the Middle East. He works across print and digital media as a freelance editor and writer.

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