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Jared Kushner taunts Palestinians because he wants them to reject his ‘peace plan’

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It is true that Jared Kushner’s father had to give Harvard a $2.5 million bribe to get him admitted there, but the younger Kushner isn’t actually stupid. The internet is abuzz with comment about Kushner’s interview with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour, during which he disrespects Palestinians. As one commenter noted acidly on Twitter: “How to Negotiate A Peace Plan Step #1: Insult One of the Parties.”

In fact, Kushner is deliberately taunting the Palestinians because he wants them to reject the Trump/Netanyahu “peace plan.” In the interview, which has already been seen 1.9 million times, Kushner first says that the Palestinians “have a perfect track record of missing opportunities,” followed by a smirk. Then, a couple minutes later in case we missed the point, he repeats “ . . . they’ve screwed up every other opportunity that they’ve had in their existence.”

Kushner’s gibe is not original. Back in 1973, Abba Eban, the longtime Israeli foreign minister, said, “The Arabs never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity.” The insult has been a staple of Zionist discourse ever since, although it sounded more convincing in Eban’s cultured British South African voice than in Kushner’s monotonous flat tone. Maybe Kushner came across it in one of those 25 books he said he read to prepare his “peace agreement.”

If Kushner really wanted to reach a deal, he wouldn’t talk that way. But there’s a clue to his true intention, uncovered by Dylan Williams of J Street. It turns out that Kushner copied parts of his proposal nearly word for word from a book “by” Benjamin Netanyahu — a man who surely has never wanted to genuinely negotiate with the Palestinians. 

Once again, you can skip right past the New York Times and go straight to the independent Israeli newspaper Haaretz for the real explanation. Amir Tibon, a 31-year-old Israeli journalist, is not afraid to state squarely that the Trump/Netanyahu annexation plan “was written with the clear intention of getting the Palestinians to reject it.” The scheme’s real aim, Tibon says, “will lead to Israel gradually taking control over the entire West Bank.” 

So Jared Kushner’s anti-Palestinian nastiness is not an accident or a blunder. It’s just part of the annexation plan.

James North

James North is a Mondoweiss Editor-at-Large, and has reported from Africa, Latin America, and Asia for four decades. He lives in New York City.

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  1. brent on January 30, 2020, 1:58 pm

    Kushner said Palestinians, “should identify the areas they would like to improve and agree to negotiate with Israel”. If they do develop a counter, they’d best do it directly with Trump, not Israel. Important to keep him involved in details and keep it public. Trump wants a deal, Netanyahu doesn’t.

    • Mooser on January 30, 2020, 6:34 pm

      Exactly, “brent”! The Palestinians could “do it directly with Trump” by simply hanging out at Mara-lago (whatever), passing cash around, and waiting for a chance to catch Trump’s ear. That’s what everybody else does, so it should work for the Palestinians.

      • echinococcus on January 30, 2020, 7:35 pm

        Better yet, the Palestinians could sell lotsa olive oil, from the trees left standing by the Zionists, through the Park Slope Colonial Invasion Cooperative, and use part of that money to buy Trump and his family. As per Jesse Just.

    • Talkback on January 31, 2020, 3:10 am

      brent: “If they do develop a counter, they’d best do it directly with Trump, not Israel.”

      Now what counter could they develop that doesn’t violate international law and their human rights? Please endulge us.

      • genesto on January 31, 2020, 12:33 pm

        The Palestinians better come up with Adelson/Singer/Marcus/Saban etc. scale Benjamins if they want Trump to seriously consider their counter to the ‘Deal of the Century’.

        Otherwise, their time is better spent growing the BDS movement, and continuing to educate the US and the rest of the western world to the crimes of the Jewish state.

      • brent on February 1, 2020, 1:57 am

        @Talkback, Being as Trump, through Pompeo, has invited Abbas to counter, Trump will be obligated to be polite and respectful…. if the counter is handled and delivered respectfully. Trump craps on those who crap on him. Trump is an opportunist, without morals or values. His goal is to prove he’s the greatest by doing what no other could. He’s created Israeli debts to take advantage of. Once he gets a second term the benjamins will not be as important. Of course, he won’t really be free politically until his fourth-quarter…. within the four-year timeframe.

        An effective counter could be crafted to show the end game is positive neighborly relations. Could indicate the spilling of blood is counterproductive, which would expand the numbers of Jewish allies. Could add details to an agreeable land swap for major settlement blocks. Could detail a vision for sharing Jerusalem. Could detail ways to deal with vacated settlement infrastructure. Could go to compensation/reparations for refugees. A thoughtful vision counter could bring a fresh perception of Palestinians.

        A counter could check the freehand Netanyahu hopes to walk away with.

      • Talkback on February 2, 2020, 8:09 am

        @ Brent

        I asked you what counter they could develop that DOESN’T violate international law and their human rights?

  2. vacyv on January 30, 2020, 4:13 pm

    Israel already has control over the entire West bank and Gaza.

  3. Misterioso on January 30, 2020, 4:45 pm

    Sorry, Jared, This Time It’s Not the Palestinians Who Have ‘Screwed Up,’ It’s You
    Haaretz, Jan. 29/20 by Elie Podeh

    “When Jared Kushner on CNN accused the Palestinians of ‘screwing up another opportunity,’ he not only overlooked Israel’s own screw-ups, but entirely mischaracterized the Trump plan as an opportunity for peace.”

    • Marnie on January 31, 2020, 2:47 am

      Yet another example of a harvard education wasted on a rich idiot whose entitlement, and charles’ money, got him in as he couldn’t make it on his own merits. How many more deserving people lost their chance because of this POS?

      • Rashers2 on January 31, 2020, 2:05 pm

        @Marnie, much as one tries to avoid ad hominem attacks on individuals with whose words, policies and actions one disagrees, describing Orange Man’s Special Adviser on Middle East Affairs as you have is major understatement: his self-proclaimed bias as a Zionist disqualifies him from being charged with political initiatives in the region on grounds of known partiality; his familial relationship to the White House utterly excludes him from any public affairs duties for the duration of this presidency!
        “I propose as architect of a plan designed to end, once and for all, the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians in the Levant my daughter’s husband: a committed, pro-Israel Zionist whose close family has a record of doing business with Israelis who own businesses in illegally-occupied Palestinian lands.” Excuse me? Where is any form of oversight of the executive by the legislature in your country? (Don’t worry, it was a rhetorical question: I know your legislature’s bought and paid-for in the interests of a foreign power by the Zionist lobby….)

      • Marnie on February 1, 2020, 10:45 am

        @Rashers2 – there isn’t any. How about your country?

      • Jackdaw on February 2, 2020, 11:39 am

        Feel the love, Marnie. Feel the love.

      • Rashers2 on February 2, 2020, 1:39 pm

        Less than there should be, Marnie, although the judiciary here (Supreme Court) recently kicked the executive in the ***** for illegally proroguing (suspending) the legislature, which then had to be recalled. Montesquieu is regrettably out of fashion in many places, these days.

    • Talkback on January 31, 2020, 3:48 am

      Imbecile father in law to Kushner: “A lot of you are in the real estate business, because I know you very well. You’re brutal killers. Not nice people at all, …”

      Kushner’s to the Palestinians: I would like you to sell 30% of real estate in the Westbank to al lot of us. But if you don’t, we are going to keep it through force, illegaly annex it and guess what, my imbecile father in law will veto any Security Council resolution that’s going to condem this and guess what, we are going to blame you.

  4. Kay24 on January 30, 2020, 7:17 pm

    Not wanting to miss “taking that opportunity”, Kushner made the biggest and costliest blunder purchasing a billion dollar building, and found he bit more than he could chew, when he had to pay back the loan. In the end he took his expensive hat and went around the ME begging for help from wealthy Muslims, to pay it all back. Now he looks down on those he has backstabbed and those who have suffered under the zionist occupation, and smirks.
    What an arrogant creature.

  5. Marnie on January 31, 2020, 2:40 am

    I borrowed this from someone with a few tweaks – jared kushner’s resting face is that of a cannibal after a light supper of liver and fava beans. His eyes and smirk say I will never stop because like Daddy, I can kill people without consequence because of the powers granted to me by Daddy because ivanka. She can too, but only in the process of making her voting machines, handbags and other trash that happens on the job because you know she’s not paying anything extra to ensure safety for the help. (Actually, she’s not even paying their wages! Don’t you just wish you could be us!)

  6. Talkback on January 31, 2020, 3:38 am

    Kushner: Many Palestinians are trapped by bad leadership”.

    That’s one way to decribe the occupier.

    • just on February 2, 2020, 12:23 pm

      So very well said, Talkback!!!

      I found this article by Yousef Munayyer that was actually in The Guardian the other day to be spot- on and relevant:

      “Trump’s ‘peace plan’ is beyond insulting. That’s deliberate…

      US proposals always treat Palestinians as second-class citizens. But this time Trump has said the quiet part out loud, and it’s ugly indeed

      This week Donald Trump, in the company of the scandal-mired Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, finally released his long-promoted vision for “peace” between Israelis and Palestinians. The plan itself was unsurprising, and consistent with the Trump administration’s Middle East policies and the personnel in charge of executing them.

      In the US president’s vision, which might as well have been drawn up by Netanyahu himself, Palestinians are “offered” a truncated and dismembered archipelago of Bantustans connected by bridges and tunnels and subservient to the Israeli state, which will retain security control over the entirety of the land. The Israelis will keep all of Jerusalem. No Palestinian refugees will be able to return to their homes.

      But wait, there’s more! Palestinians will only receive this sorry excuse for an offer, which fails to meet even basic human rights, once they satisfy several conditions “proving” they are ready for statehood.

      To call this a nonstarter would be to glorify it with negotiation language it doesn’t deserve. The “offer” is little more than a calculated insult, oozing with the most colonial-minded racism, and cynically designed to elicit a rejection.

      What is most striking to me about Trump’s plan, however, is not how different it is from previous American and western proposals, but rather how similar it is. Members of the peace process industry might object over the nuances, percentages of land swaps, and so on, but in the final analysis the Trump plan is born of the same bankrupt principle underlying all other American and western proposals regarding Palestine for the last hundred years: the rights of Palestinians, both individually and collectively, are inferior to the rights of Jewish Israelis in the land.

      It is this principle that leads Trump and others before him to support policies and plans in which the Palestinian entity will never have true or equal sovereignty, where the rights of Palestinian refugees are ignored, where the equality of Palestinian citizens of Israel is easily and quietly dismissed. Trump’s plan is merely the latest iteration, fashioned around the current realities on the ground – themselves conditions created by Israel and supported by the United States.

      For a century, western powers, formerly led by Britain and now by the US, have shaped their policy toward Palestine in deference to the demands of Zionism. Time and again, western proposals have divided, dismembered and discarded Palestinians in an effort to gerrymander a Jewish majority in a land that has historically been overwhelmingly populated by Palestinians. There is no amount of negotiation, no slick diplomacy, no cadre of state department bureaucrats that can turn this racist principle into a formula for peace.

      Like much of what Trump has done during his time in office, this proposal says the quiet part out loud. So obvious is the contempt for Palestinians, so blatant is the racism, that even people who previously supported proposals based on the same dehumanizing principle are growing visibly uncomfortable.

      Of course, in the unlikely event Trump’s plan for neo-apartheid finally forces much-needed introspection and a re-evaluation of US policy toward Palestine it will be an important turning point in history.” …

      the rest @

      • MHughes976 on February 2, 2020, 5:23 pm

        My most saddening read of last week was also in the Guardian last Tuesday, I think, by Martin Chulov – Chulov on Tuesday – saying that the Palestinians are being abandoned and forgotten in the wider ME. Several of the reports in the Guardian and elsewhere of the Arab League meeting have taken the view that the rejection was a formality and that he real message to the Palestinian was the same as Tony Blair’s, to engage with Trump. I don’t know if this is just fashionable pessimism or something deeper.

  7. iResistDe4iAm on January 31, 2020, 9:26 am

    Jared WHO?

    – Trump will win the 2020 election.
    – Jared will no longer be senior advisor to his nepotistic father-in-law.

  8. Jackdaw on February 2, 2020, 7:45 am

    President Mahmoud Abbas calls President Trump a ‘dog’, and a ‘son of a dog’, and that’s all right.

    Abbas also called U.S. Ambassador David Freeman, a ‘son of a dog’, and that’s all right too.

    Funny thing, the Mondoweiss universe.

    • echinococcus on February 2, 2020, 11:55 am

      “A dog and a son of a dog”? That’s very polite. Uncommonly restrained.

      Could he, after having served as the poodle of two generations of rabid dogs, be growing a spine now? We’ll see.

  9. just on February 2, 2020, 5:30 pm

    Yet Kushner the Horrible continues with his hasbara:

    “Jared Kushner insists Middle East peace plan is ‘a real effort to break logjam’

    Though the Palestinian Authority has cut ties with the US and Israel over the Trump administration’s plan for Middle East peace, its author has insisted his plan is not dead yet.

    Jared Kushner, Donald Trump’s son-in-law, spoke to CNN on Friday for an interview broadcast on Sunday.

    Insisting he had made “a real offer on the table to break the logjam”, Kushner said: “What we hope that they’ll do is read the plan.

    “It’s a detailed document, but [Palestinians should] not try to negotiate the same way that they’ve done it for many years because the way that they’ve done it for years hasn’t led to a result.” …

    CNN host Fareed Zakaria pointed to page 34, which “says the predicate condition to a Palestinian state being recognised is that there must be a free press; free elections; guarantees of religious freedom; an independent judiciary; financial institutions that are as good, transparent and as effective as in the western world; and the US and Israel will judge whether the Palestinians have achieved this.”

    Suggesting “no Arab country would meet these criteria – certainly not Saudi Arabia or Egypt”, countries with which the Trump administration has “worked very closely”, Zakaria asked: “Isn’t this just a way of telling the Palestinians, you’re never actually going to get a state? Because … effectively it’s a killer amendment.”

    Refusing to discuss the comparison with Saudi Arabia, Kushner replied: “So are you saying that we shouldn’t have these criteria?” …”

    more @

    What Zakaria should have pointed out is that Israel does not have the following: “a free press; free elections; guarantees of religious freedom; an independent judiciary; financial institutions that are as good, transparent and as effective as in the western world…” How dare the US and Israel presume to “judge whether the Palestinians have achieved this.””? It’s all hypocrisy, arrogance (supremacism), and apartheid anyway you slice it. Russia, the Arab states, the EU are against the nefarious and thieving plan that took 3 years… my guess it was a fait accompli day one and the rest is smoke and mirrors.

  10. Rashers2 on February 3, 2020, 4:51 pm

    @just, thanks for pointing out conditions precedent.
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