Jared Kushner Is Already Failing at Plan B of His Middle East Peace Efforts

President Donald Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner has been unable to deliver a Middle East peace plan, already shifting gears to helping Gaza with its humanitarian crisis. But now he appears to be defaulting on his plan B as well.

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The senior White House adviser, who began efforts to rebuild Gaza's economy five months ago, said over the weekend that escalating conflict in the Palestinian enclave between Hamas militants and Israelis is driving foreign investors away.

"Hamas has driven Gaza to a state of desperation. Provocations will not be rewarded with aid," Kushner said on Sunday, according to The New York Times. He said Hamas leaders must show "a clear intent for a peaceful relationship with their neighbors" if they want foreign financial aid.

Kushner claimed he took on the Gaza Strip because curbing conflict there would be essential for a Middle East peace plan to be effective.

"You have to figure out which cards to play at which time," Kushner said. "Getting a positive outcome there could set the momentum for the rest of the process."

Kushner and Jason Greenblatt, the president's special representative for international negotiations, held a conference on rebuilding Gaza's economy in the White House in March, but Palestinians began protesting days later, with more than 140 of them reportedly killed by Israeli snipers.

"Rather than looking for opportunities to weaponize everything from kites to mirrors in order to attack Israel, Hamas should focus its ingenuity on improving the Gazan economy," Kushner, Greenblatt and U.S. ambassador to Israel David Friedman wrote in an opinion piece published in The Washington Post last week.

"If Hamas demonstrates clear, peaceful intentions—not just by word but, more importantly, by deed—then all manner of new opportunities becomes possible," they wrote.

The trio, along with U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, in an opinion piece published by CNN touted the results of a United Nations vote last month on an amendment to call out Hamas for engaging in violence.

"When the amendment came to a vote, a miracle by UN standards happened. Although the measure ultimately failed for technical reasons, more nations voted for holding Hamas accountable with the US amendment than against it," they wrote. "The battleship is turning around."

Trump entrusted Kushner, who had no prior diplomatic experience, with the hefty task of forging peace in the Middle East. Kushner has made more than a dozen trips to the region over the past 18 months but still has not introduced a peace plan.

"We have the plan ready—mostly ready—and when the time is right, we'll bring it out," Kushner said before the conflict in Gaza approached the brink of war.

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White House Senior Advisor to the President Jared Kushner at the Saban Forum in Washington, D.C., on December 3, 2017. Drew Angerer/Getty Images
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