t 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.”
Jared Kushner, senior adviser to the President, says the White House's Middle East plan is "a great deal" and if Palestinians reject it, “they’re going to screw up another opportunity, like they’ve screwed up every other opportunity that they’ve ever had in their existence.” pic.twitter.com/ABAI3gKjig
— CNN (@CNN) January 28, 2020
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.
On the left, an excerpt from Netanyahu’s book “A Durable Peace.”
On the right, the Trump/Kushner “peace” proposal.
I don’t know an academic integrity panel at any university that would let this fly. pic.twitter.com/NvgzWOsL2r
— Dylan Williams (@dylanotes) January 29, 2020
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.