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Kushner: Palestinians not yet capable of governing themselves

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Let's just say, let's work on the details of what this means".Part of the plan is expected to be unveiled at a US-sponsored investment conference in Bahrain this month. The Palestinian Authority has said it will not attend the event. US officials have been vague about the timing for releasing proposals for resolving the political issues of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, but experts are sceptical of the Trump administration's chances for success.The Palestinian leadership has refused to deal with the Trump administration since late 2017 when Trump decided to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and recognised Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. The Palestinians demand Jerusalem's eastern sector as the capital of their long-promised state, while Israel insists that the whole city is its "eternal, indivisible capital". With Israel heading for new elections in September after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu failed to form a government, uncertainty is expected to further delay the plan's rollout.The Kushner interview took place before the latest Israeli political developments.  When asked whether he understood why the Palestinians might not trust him, Kushner said "I'm not here to be trusted" and that "there's a difference between the Palestinian leadership and the Palestinian people."He said he believed the Palestinian people would judge the plan based on whether "they think this will allow them to have a pathway to a better life or not." Secretary of State Mike Pompeo delivered his assessment of the plan's prospects in a closed-door meeting with Jewish leaders last week, saying: "One might argue" that it is "unexecutable" and it might not "gain traction," according to an audio recording, the Washington Post newspaper reported on Sunday.Pompeo did express hope, however, that the deal was not simply dismissed out of hand, the Post reported."We're doing out best to help the Middle East to get a peace plan," Trump told reporters when asked about the Pompeo recording.

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