Opening Al-Aqsa mosque will limit tensions between Israel, Muslim world: Kushner

Opening Al-Aqsa mosque will limit tensions between Israel, Muslim world: Kushner
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Senior Advisor to President Donald Trump and son-in-law Jared Kushner speaks during a press briefing at the White House as National Security Advisor Robert O'Brien listens on August 13, 2020 in Washington, DC. (File/AFP)
Opening Al-Aqsa mosque will limit tensions between Israel, Muslim world: Kushner
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Palestinian Muslim worshippers gather at the al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem's old city on the first day of Eid al-Adha on July 31, 2020. (File/AFP)
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Updated 18 August 2020

Opening Al-Aqsa mosque will limit tensions between Israel, Muslim world: Kushner

Opening Al-Aqsa mosque will limit tensions between Israel, Muslim world: Kushner
  • Israel said Jordan’s King Abdullah II will continue to be the custodian of the mosque
  • Kushner said Trump’s Vision for Peace was aimed to achieve a two-state solution to Israel-Palestine conflict

DUBAI: Tensions between Israel and the Muslim world will be reduced following the opening of Al-Aqsa mosque to all Muslims, state news agency WAM reported citing Senior Advisor to US President Donald Trump, Jared Kushner, on Monday.
"Israelis are very excited that they can get cheaper flights now by flying through Dubai, and I know a lot of Muslims are excited that they can now fly through Dubai to Tel Aviv to go and visit the Al-Aqsa Mosque," he said.
Israel said Jordan’s King Abdullah II will continue to be the custodian of the mosque, he added.
Kushner also said Muslims are free to come and pray at the mosque peacefully, as part of the UAE-Israel agreement, adding that more people throughout the world will notice that the mosque is not under attack.
"Obviously, this historic breakthrough, this is the first peace agreement in the region in 26 years, and only the third in the last 70 years with Israel. And so, I do think it gives a lot of people great optimism that the Middle East doesn’t have to be stuck in conflicts of the past," he said.
Kushner further said that US President Donald Trump’s Vision for Peace proposed in January was aimed to achieve a two-state solution to Israel-Palestine conflict.
"He (president Trump) got Israel to agree to negotiate on the basis of the President’s vision, agree to the map, and agree to move forward on a Palestinian state. This was a major breakthrough," he said.
The peace deal will also impact the economies of both countries, the UAE and Israel, he added.