Kuwait’s support for Palestinians is “not very constrictive,” Anadolu reported Jared Kushner, senior adviser to US President Donald Trump saying on Tuesday.
During a briefing with reporters, Kushner denied that the US administration is pressuring Kuwait and other Gulf states to normalise relations with Israel, following a similar move by the UAE.
“Countries will do things that are in their interest to do,” Kushner said. “Kuwait has a very spongy history with the Palestinians,” he said.
He referred to the PLO’s support for Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait during the 1991 Gulf War, when Kuwait forced more than 400,000 Palestinians out of the country.
“And now they are out there taking a very radical view of the conflict in favour of the Palestinians,” he said. “Obviously, that hasn’t been very constructive.”
Kushner said Trump’s approach is not meant to put pressure on countries because “a relationship that is built on pressure is not one that is going to last.”
On 13 August, US President Donald Trump announced a peace deal between the UAE and Israel brokered by Washington.