(Pakistan Point News - 01st Sep, 2020) ABU DHABI, 1st September, 2020 (WAM) – It is possible and "logical" that all the 22 Arab states could normalise ties with Israel one day, US President Donald Trump’s Senior Adviser, Jared Kushner, told Emirates news Agency, WAM, in an exclusive interview today.
"Obviously anything could happen, but the reality is that a lot of people are envious of the move that the United Arab Emirates has made," he added.
"From a faith point of view, many Muslims are excited to pray at Al Aqsa Mosque through the United Arab Emirates I think this is going to be the start of something really exciting and my hope is that more and more countries would want this because being apart doesn’t benefit anybody.
"We don’t solve problems by not talking to each other. So, normalising relations and allowing people-to-people and business exchanges will only make the Middle East stronger and a more stable place," he continued.
He met yesterday with His Highness Sheikh Tahnoun bin Zayed Al Nayhan, UAE’s National Security Adviser, and His Highness Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, in the presence of Israel’s Head of National Security Council, Meir Ben-Shabbat and US’ National Security Adviser, Robert O’Brien.
"I believe that it is logical for them to do it and I believe it is the right thing to do overtime," he said.
"I am an optimist and that is my blessing and curse in life. It is more fun to be an optimist than being a pessimist, but there is a thousand reasons why it should happen [22 Arab states normalising with Israel] and a very few reasons why it shouldn’t happen.
"My hope and prayers are that the leaders will have the strength and courage to make the right decisions and to not be discouraged by the vocal minorities.
"Twitter is not a real place; people are angry on Twitter and you have some radicals too. People who are against normalisation are against progress. Normalisation is about giving everybody an opportunity, respecting each other’s faith and having a more stable region. If you are against normalisation then what are you standing for? You are standing for extremism, division, intolerance.
"I think thanks to the UAE leadership there will be a much bigger coalition. [There will be] what I call ‘a vocal majority’ that will be in favour of normalising. I think the vocal minority who have been against it will be more and more isolated in the region," he continued.
Kushner, 39, explained that the discussions over the Israeli suspension of the annexation of the West Bank will be held sometime "in the future," but not "in the near future."
"Right now, the focus is on this relationship [UAE and Israel] and the [Israeli] relationship potentially with other countries, that is very important to Israel and the region," he said.
"Israel has agreed to suspend the annexation and suspend the Israeli law to those areas for the time being, but in the future, I am sure that it is a discussion that we will be had, but not in the near future," he added.
"We’ll continue to engage until we find what is a fair and proper solution that we believe could endure," he added.