A look at Jared Kushner’s view on the two-state solution, the shooting of a Palestinian teen, and more news in this week’s bulletin.
Image: Jared Kushner (Getty Images).
Kushner Says Two-State Solution ‘Failed’ The Forward
“Jared Kushner said ‘the two-state solution failed,’ setting up the likelihood that the peace plan he expects to release soon will include limited autonomy for Palestinians. Kushner has said the plan, which he figures to unveil in June, will emphasize economic benefits for the Palestinians and security for Israel. His top aides have already counseled those involved in the peace process not to use the phrase ‘two-state solution.’”
Europe must stand by the two-state solution for Israel and Palestine The Guardian
“High-ranking former European politicians urge the EU to reject any US Middle East peace plan unless it is fair to Palestinians…. In partnership with previous US administrations, Europe has promoted a just resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in the context of a two-state solution. To this date, despite subsequent setbacks, the Oslo agreement is still a milestone of transatlantic foreign policy cooperation.”
Image: Palestinians attend the Great March of Return at the Israel-Gaza border on 12 April 2019. (Anadolu Agency/Getty Images).
Trump Peace Plan Doesn't Include Confederation With Jordan, Says Envoy Greenblatt Haaretz
“U.S. President Donald Trump's Middle East envoy Jason Greenblatt denied on Wednesday ‘rumors that our peace vision includes a confederation’ between Israel, the Palestinian Authority-controlled West Bank and Jordan. As the publication of the Trump administration's Middle East peace plan nears, Greenblatt said in a tweet that it does not ‘contemplate making Jordan the homeland for Palestinians.’”
Image: Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas meets with Jason Greenblatt, U.S. President Donald Trump's Middle East envoy (Mohamad Torokman/Reuters)
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Israeli soldiers shoot blindfolded, handcuffed Palestinian as he tried to flee CNN
“Israeli soldiers shot a blindfolded, handcuffed Palestinian teenager who had been arrested on suspicion of taking part in disturbances as he tried to flee…. A statement from the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said the incident was under investigation.”
Image: Israeli soldier stands near Osama al-Badan (AP Photo).
For Palestinian Families, ‘No Light at the End of the Tunnel’ New York Times
“On the eve of Israel’s April 9 elections, Mr. Netanyahu said he planned to begin applying Israeli sovereignty over West Bank land, which the Palestinians have long counted on for an eventual state. For many of them, his victory has pushed a two-state solution far beyond the already distant horizon, where it existed in the minds of Palestinian politicians.”
Image: Jamal Zakout, 61, near his home in the West Bank town of Ramallah. (Corinna Kern/The New York Times).
Pew: US Christians Like the Israeli and Palestinian People More Than Their Governments Christianity Today
“When it comes to the longstanding Israeli-Palestinian conflict, do American evangelicals favor one side or the other? A new study from the Pew Research Center finds one-third actually feel favorable toward both—when it comes to their peoples. And one-third feel unfavorable toward both governments.”
CMEP's Bulletin is a weekly round-up of news from the Middle East and represents an array of perspectives on the issues we cover. CMEP does not necessarily agree with all the views expressed in the articles, and they do not speak on CMEP's behalf.