Trump’s son-in-law praises ‘very valuable’ potential of Gaza property

Jared Kushner, the son-in-law of Donald Trump and former White House adviser, has said Gaza’s “waterfront property” has a “very valuable” potential, suggesting Israel should remove civilians while it “cleans up” the area, Euronews reported on Wednesday.

“Gaza’s waterfront property, it could be very valuable, if people would focus on building up livelihoods,” Kushner said in an interview dated 15 February. 

It was posted earlier this month on the YouTube channel of the Middle East Initiative, a program of Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, and first reported on Tuesday by The Guardian.

 “…I think from Israel’s perspective, I would do my best to move the people out and then clean it up,” Kushner added.

In last month’s interview, Kushner also suggested that getting civilians out of Rafah and potentially into Egypt might be possible “with the right diplomacy.”

He also put forward a plan for the Negev desert in southern Israel.

Kushner suggested that he “would just bulldoze something in the Negev, I would try to move people in there,” adding: “I know that won’t be the popular thing to do, but I think that’s a better option to do, so you can go in and finish the job.”

“I think Israel’s gone way more out of their way than a lot of other countries would, to try to protect civilians from casualties,” Kushner added.

The Palestinian death toll from the ongoing Israeli attacks in the Gaza Strip has risen to 31,923, with 74,096 others wounded, the Gaza Health Ministry said Wednesday. More than 10,000 are also missing under the rubble.

The casualties account for about 5% of Gaza’s 2.3 million population.

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