Kushner (L) and Abbas smiling for cameras
Kushner (L) and Abbas smiling for camerasReuters

US President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner asked Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas to freeze diplomatic measures, such as those involving the UN and International Criminal Court, against Israel for a period of 3-4 months, in return for a pledge that the Americans would by then submit to the parties a formal political plan to jumpstart negotiations, Israel Hayom reported according to a senior PA official.

According to the report, Kushner made the suggestion during his meeting with Abbas last week.

The PA official said that the US administration intends to formulate a plan that will include a predetermined timetable, according to which the parties will discuss most of the core issues pertaining to negotiations - on the condition that the PA refrains from attacking Israel in the international sphere.

Abbas himself expressed agreement in principle to Kushner’s request, but demanded a personal commitment from President Trump to the plan.

Kushner and he agreed that a summit meeting would be held between Abbas and Trump at the annual UN General Assembly meeting in New York next month, where Trump would commit to Abbas to formulate the plan in question.