Published: Fri, May 31, 2019

Netanyahu's troubles threaten Kushner's 'deal of the century' for Israel and Palestine

Netanyahu's troubles threaten Kushner's 'deal of the century' for Israel and Palestine

After the election results in April, it seemed that Netanyahu had succeeded in projecting himself as the only strongman capable of protecting Israel and the narrative of national security was enough to counter the charges of corruption and impending indictment by the attorney general.

The U.S. delegation was led by Trump's senior adviser and son-in-law, Jared Kushner, and included the U.S. Middle East envoy, Jason Greenblatt, and U.S. special representative for Iran, Brian Hook, according to a statement released by the Israeli Prime Minister's Office.

Kushner and USA special envoy Jason Greenblatt stopped in Israel as part of a Middle East tour to rally support for next month's economic conference in Bahrain, which the White House bills as the first portion of its peace plan.

"And now they're [Israel's] back in the debate state and they're back in the election stage", Trump said.

Israelis and Palestinians were quick to point out the potential disruption of a new election. In a bid to play down the political chaos and focus public attention on his foreign policy prowess - in particular his close friendship with Trump - Netanyahu whipped out Kushner's map, on which President Trump had scribbled, "Nice".

On Sunday, Israel marks its own "Jerusalem Day", when it celebrates capturing the Old City in the 1967 Mideast war and annexing it. Tensions run high during the holiday, as nationalist Israeli marches pass through Damascus Gate and the Muslim quarter.

"Hoping things will work out with Israel's coalition formation and Bibi and I can continue to make the alliance between America and Israel stronger than ever".

The move, in addition to the Palestinian Authority's announcement rejecting the a peace process mediator due to the Trump administration's bias in favor of Israel, has diminished the plan's chances of success. Despite the boycott push, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar have signaled they intend to participate.

"He was going to fulfill his religious duty, he was going to worship", Ghaith said.

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