Kushner slams Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas in exclusive interview

White House adviser Jared Kushner used a rare interview with a Palestinian newspaper to slam leader Mahmoud Abbas.

Kushner told the daily Al Quds that the U.S. peace plan for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict will be made public “soon” if Abbas does not play ball with the Trump administration.

“If President Abbas is willing to come back to the table, we are ready to engage; if he is not, we will likely air the plan publicly,” he said, according to a translation published Sunday, before adding that Abbas’s talking points “have not changed in the last 25 years.”

Kushner visited with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a visit to the Middle East, but Abbas refused to meet with the adviser, who has no diplomatic experience but is the President’s son-in-law after the U.S. moved its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

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North Charleston & South Carolina

Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner arrive on Air Force One to accompany U.S. President Donald Trump for his tour of the Boeing South Carolina facility in North Charleston, South Carolina, U.S. February 17, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

Florida

U.S. President Donald Trump's daughter Ivanka Trump (C) and her family, husband Jared Kushner (L) and children Joseph and Arabella Kushner, arrive aboard the Marine One helicopter with the president to board Air Force One for travel to Florida from Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, U.S. March 3, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Michigan

White House Senior Advisor Jared Kushner (C) attends a roundtable discussion held by U.S. President Donald Trump with auto industry leaders at the American Center for Mobility in Ypsilanti Township, Michigan, U.S. March 15, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Germany

U.S. President Donald Trump's son-in-law and senior advisor Jared Kushner (L) speaks with Marine Corps Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, before departing for Iraq from Ramstein Air Base, Germany April 3, 2017. DoD/Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Dominique A. Pineiro/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. EDITORIAL USE ONLY.

Iraq

Jared Kushner, senior advisor and son-in-law to U.S. President Donald Trump, meets with service members at a forward operating base near Qayyarah West in Iraq, April 4, 2017. DoD/Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Dominique A. Pineiro/Handout via REUTERS 

Florida

China's first lady Peng Liyuan talks with Trump Senior Advisor Jared Kushner as they attend a dinner at the start of a summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping at Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate in West Palm Beach, Florida, U.S. April 6, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

Saudi Arabia

White House senior advisor Jared Kushner (C) arrives to join U.S. President Donald Trump and the rest of the U.S. delegation to meet with Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud at the Royal Court in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia May 20, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Israel 

White House senior advisor Jared Kushner leaves a note at the Western Wall in Jerusalem May 22, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Italy

White House senior advisor Jared Kushner and his wife Ivanka Trump arrive to meet Pope Francis at the Vatican, May 24, 2017. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi

New Jersey

White House senior advisor Jared Kushner holds his son Theo as U.S. President Donald Trump with the first family arrives at Joint Base Andrews outside Washington, U.S., after a weekend at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey, June 11, 2017. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

West Bank

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas meets with White House senior advisor Jared Kushner in the West Bank City of Ramallah June 21, 2017. Thaer Ghanaim/PPO/Handout via REUTERS 

Poland 

Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner, senior advisor of President Donald Trump, arrive aboard Air Force One at Warsaw military airport in Warsaw, Poland July 5, 2017. REUTERS/Laszlo Balogh

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The move provoked outrage including a protest on the day of the opening where dozens of demonstrators were shot and killed by Israeli forces who said they were terrorists.

Palestinians view East Jerusalem as the capital of their future state, long the goal of the international peace process, and fall out from the embassy move was expected after allies in the region and in Europe warned President Trump that the change would threaten hopes of peace.

The U.S. blocked a United Nations measure that would have condemned it for the embassy move, though the international body did pass a measure condemning the killing of Palestinian protesters.

Kushner said in his interview that “both sides will have to take a leap” and said that the U.S. peace plan, which includes economic development proposals, could be released to attempt to get support from Palestinians rather than their leadership.

The Trump son-in-law went to Israel as part of a five-country trip with Middle East negotiator Jason Greenblatt to Jordan, Egypt and Saudi Arabia.

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