Kushner calls Middle East peace plan a 'good starting point'

Kushner calls Middle East peace plan a 'good starting point'
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White House adviser Jared KushnerJared Corey KushnerThe Hill's Morning Report - Sanders on the rise as Nevada debate looms Trump unleashed: President moves with a free hand post-impeachment The Hill's Morning Report — AG Barr, GOP senators try to rein Trump in MORE said Thursday night that he believes the Israeli-Palestinian peace plan he has crafted is a "good starting point."

“What we will be able to put together is a solution that we believe is a good starting point for the political issues and then an outline for what can be done to help these people start living a better life,” he said at a dinner of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, according to Reuters

He also said that both sides should look at the plan before making unilateral decisions, the wire service reported. 

“I hope both sides will take a real look at it, the Israeli side and the Palestinian side, before any unilateral steps are made,” said Kushner, who is President TrumpDonald John TrumpCensus Bureau spends millions on ad campaign to mitigate fears on excluded citizenship question Bloomberg campaign: Primary is two-way race with Sanders Democratic senator meets with Iranian foreign minister MORE's son-in-law.

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Kushner and Middle East envoy Jason Greenblatt have spent two years on the plan. Palestinians have halted negotiations with the U.S. after Trump moved the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem and recognized the city as Israel's capital. 

“I was given the assignment of trying to find a solution between the two sides and I think what we’ll put forward is a framework that I think is realistic ... it’s executable and it’s something that I do think will lead to both sides being much better off,” Kushner said Thursday. 

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin NetanyahuBenjamin (Bibi) NetanyahuMORE said he would annex Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank during Israel's recent election campaign, angering Palestinians and further complicating the path to peace. Kushner said Thursday that he has not discussed settlement annexation with Netanyahu. 

Kushner told ambassadors last month that plan will not be unveiled until June at the earliest.