“They asked me if I believe in a confederation with Jordan. I said ‘yes, I want a triple confederation with Jordan and with Israel,'” Abbas said.
By: Yona Schnitzer, TPS
Senior White House adviser Jared Kushner presented a proposal to Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas to establish a confederation consisting of Jordan and the Palestinian Authority as part of United States President Donald Trump’s Middle East peace plan, Abbas told a delegation of Israeli lawmakers and Peace Now activists in Ramallah on Sunday.
Abbas was referring to a meeting he attended in August 2017 with Kushner and US special envoy Jason Greenblatt. According to Abbas, he told the Americans that he would agree to a confederation only if Israel were a part of it as well.
“They asked me if I believe in a confederation with Jordan. I said ‘yes, I want a triple confederation with Jordan and with Israel.’ I asked them if Israel would agree to such a proposal,” said Abbas, who accused the United States of being “hostile toward the Palestinians and [putting an end to] the peace process.”