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Kushner: Palestinians Not Yet Capable of Governing Themselves

A handout picture provided by the Palestinian Authority's press office (PPO) on June 21, 2017, shows Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas (R) US President's senior advisor and son-in-law Jared Kushner (L) PHOTO: Handout/Thaer Ghanaim/AFP

US Special Adviser Jared Kushner evades backing two-state solution but says Palestinians ‘deserve self-determination’.

3 June 2019

AL JAZEERA — White House Senior Adviser Jared Kushner has said that the Palestinians deserve “self-determination,” but stopped short of backing Palestinian statehood, expressing uncertainty over their ability to govern themselves.

Kushner, who is President Donald Trump’s son-in-law, made the comments in a television interview with the Axios on HBO programmes, broadcast on Sunday.

Asked whether he believed the Palestinians were capable of governing themselves without Israeli interference, Kushner said: “That’s one that we’ll have to see. The hope is that they, over time, will become capable of governing”.

The Palestinians, he said, “need to have a fair judicial system … freedom of press, freedom of expression, tolerance for all religions” before the Palestinian areas can become “investable”. […]

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