Deal of the Century: Will Erdogan Sacrifice Jerusalem for Idlib?


The son-in-law of Donald Trump, who is one of his advisers, began his Middle East tour this week. On February 26 in Abu Dhabi, he made important remarks about Palestine and the Deal of the Century.

During a flash visit to Abu Dhabi, Jared Kushner claimed that the Deal of the Century was based on four principles: freedom, dignity, security and economic prosperity.

“Without making any explicit reference to the Deal of the Century in his interview with Sky News Arabia in Abu Dhabi, Jared Kushner claimed that in his view the integration of Israelis into the region, the free movement of goods and people as well as that the issue of borders is of particular importance, “the daily Rai al-Youm reported in London.

The choice of five countries, namely the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Qatar, the Sultanate of Oman and Saudi Arabia, as destinations for Jared Kushner shows his true goal of putting pressure on the Arab governments to extract support for two clauses of the Deal of the Century:

1. Compensation for Palestinian refugees to renounce the right of return. Given that the Gaza Strip is home to the largest number of Palestinian IDPs, Jared Kushner calls on Arab countries to spend billions of dollars on economic projects in the region to create jobs for unemployed youth. He said this would create a positive atmosphere in which Gazans would forget the right of return and give up resistance to the Israeli regime.

2. Pay about $ 250 billion in compensation to Arab Jews who emigrated to occupied Palestine after 1948.

“It is not yet clear how the Arab governments responded to this request by Kushner, who was accompanied by Jason Greenblatt, Special Representative for International Negotiations, and Brian Hook, US Special Representative for Iran. The participation of Brian Hook in this tour suggests to the Arab monarchies of the Persian Gulf if they do not put their hand in the pocket, they will be exposed to the threat of Iran, “reads in this newspaper.

Citing some diplomats from Arab countries in the Persian Gulf, Reuters recently reported that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, for fear of reaction from Arab public opinion, seems to have not accepted any compromise plan that would not recognize Quds as capital of a Palestinian state and the right of return of Palestinian refugees to their ancestral land. But media reports differ on what happens in closed meetings, especially as Saudi Arabia, accused of the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, is not in a position of strength to oppose the United States.

Rai al-Youm also wrote that Jared Kushner’s four principles of freedom, dignity, security and economic prosperity were reserved for Israelis, not Arabs, especially since Kouchner quietly tried to liquidate United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), which has been providing essential food and services to millions of Palestinian refugees for decades.

“To show his anger over Kushner’s plan, the Palestinian Autonomous Authority has refrained from welcoming him,” the paper said, adding that the implementation of the Deal of the Century was met with firm opposition. Palestinians, which will make it impossible to implement.

“Turkey is the last leg of Kushner’s journey. The purpose of this move is to put pressure on Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to bring him to recognize the holy city as the eternal capital of Israel in exchange for some financial and political benefits related to the Syrian file ” the newspaper. And it concludes: “It is hoped that Turkey’s opposition to this agreement will serve as a model for some Arabs, especially since Erdogan has already taken a firm stance on the transfer of the US embassy. United in the busy city of Qods. “