Kushner casts doubt on the ability of Palestinians to govern themselves

Kushner casts doubt on the ability of Palestinians to govern themselves
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White House senior adviser Jared KushnerJared Corey KushnerThe Hill's Morning Report - Democrats duke it out during Nevada debate Blagojevich heaps praise on Trump after release from prison The Hill's Morning Report - Sanders on the rise as Nevada debate looms MORE cast doubt on the ability of Palestinians to govern themselves during an interview with Axios released Sunday.

"The hope is, is that over time, they can become capable of governing," Kushner said when asked by Jonathan Swan whether Palestinians are capable of governing without Israeli interference.

Palestinians "need to have a fair judicial system ... freedom of press, freedom of expression, tolerance for all religions" before their territories can become "investable," Kushner added.

Kushner, President TrumpDonald John TrumpComey responds to Trump with Mariah Carey gif: 'Why are you so obsessed with me?' Congress to get election security briefing next month amid Intel drama New York man accused of making death threats against Schumer, Schiff MORE's son-in-law, has been leading the administration's promise to deliver a groundbreaking proposal to ensure peace between Israelis, Palestinians and other stakeholders in the Middle East.

The details and timing of the plan's release have largely been kept under wraps.

The White House did announce last month that part of the plan would involve encouraging investment in the West Bank, in Gaza and throughout the region.

However, there has been no public buy-in from Palestinian officials.

The two sides have not been in contact since the Palestinians cut off negotiations last year over frustrations with the Trump administration's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.