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Kushner Peace Plan Collides Into Wall of Skeptical Envoys at UN

  • Tunisian envoy recalled for backing criticism of the proposal
  • Branzino and PowerPoints fail to convince envoys to back plan
Jared Kushner

Jared Kushner

Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Jared Kushner pressed United Nations diplomats over a two-hour lunch on Thursday to buy into his vision of Middle East peace, saying it’s time to stop talking about the past and turn a new page in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Not everyone came away convinced.

Over branzino and a file of PowerPoint slides at the U.S. Mission to the UN in New York, more than a dozen Security Council diplomats peppered Kushner, President Donald Trump’s son-in-law, with skeptical questions on his plan. Several ambassadors noted that the proposal had failed to evoke any interest by the Palestinians in coming to the negotiating table, casting doubt on its viability.