Kushner’s peace prospectsAcross the Mideast rallies and demonstrations were taking place Friday to mark Quds, or Jerusalem Day, an annual event held on the last Friday of Ramadan. This year’s protests come as the Trump administration is pushing its Israeli-Palestinian peace plan, crafted largely by Trump’s son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner. The details of the proposal remain unknown.On Sunday, Israel marks its own “Jerusalem Day,” when it celebrates capturing the Old City in the 1967 Mideast war and annexing it. Tensions run high during the holiday, as nationalist Israeli marches pass through Damascus Gate and the Muslim quarter. Israeli police said the area would be heavily patrolled to keep the parade from erupting into violence, as has happened in the past.Most of the international community has not recognized Israel’s annexation of the eastern part of the city, which the Palestinians claim as their capital for a future state.Jerusalem is the third holiest site in Islam, after the cities of Mecca and Medina in Saudi Arabia.In Mecca on Friday, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas took advantage of a captive audience of Arab and Islamic leaders at a summit convened by Saudi Arabia’s King Salman to slam the Trump administration’s pending Mideast peace proposal.”I would like to reconfirm our absolute rejection of the American attempts to bring down international law and international legitimacy under what is called the ‘Deal of the Century’,” he said, arguing that the proposal attempts to replace the principle of “land for peace” — in other words the creation of an independent Palestinian state in exchange for peace with Israel — with “land for prosperity.”Glimpses of the plan hint it will focus heavily on so-called economic peace while sidelining or ignoring the longstanding Palestinian goal of independence. The two-state solution continues to enjoy the broad support of the international community.

President Trump’s son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner seeks to rally Arab Gulf states to back economic initiatives for Palestinians as part of the plan next month in Bahrain.

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