Berri Tells Kushner Billions of Dollars Won't 'Tempt Lebanon'


Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri on Sunday voiced the first Lebanese response to remarks on the proposed U.S. peace place by Jared Kushner, the U.S. president’s son-in-law and adviser.

“So that some don’t interpret the official Lebanese silence as an acceptance of the poisoned proposal, we stress that the only investment that will not find ripe ground in Lebanon would be any investment that comes at the expense of Palestine’s cause and the rights of the Palestinian people,” Berri said in a statement released by his office.

“Mistaken are those who think that waving billions of dollars might tempt Lebanon… to bow or bargain over its constant and nonnegotiable principles, topped by the rejection of (refugee) naturalization, which we will resist with our Palestinian brothers through all legitimate resistance means,” the Speaker added.

Kushner said Saturday that the U.S. Middle East peace plan to be presented next week in Bahrain aims to raise more than $50 billion for the Palestinians and create one million jobs for them within a decade.

The 10-year plan calls for projects worth $27.5 billion in the West Bank and Gaza, and $9.1 billion, $7.4 billion and $6.3 billion for Palestinians in Egypt, Jordan and Lebanon, respectively.

Projects envisioned include those in the health care, education, power, water, high-tech, tourism, and agriculture sectors.

It calls for the creation of a "master fund" to administer the finances and implementation of the projects that is says are akin to the Marshall Plan that rebuilt Europe after World War II.

Comments 12
Missing rami 23 June 2019, 13:25

Berri Tells Kushner Billions of Dollars Won't 'Tempt Lebanon'.

Ok, that's on top of the table, what about under it?

Missing un520 23 June 2019, 14:01

What about money and peace? My guess is that peace won`t tempt Lebanon, either. That goes especially for followers of Berri and Nasrallah. Our shia breathren must wake up and take a stand against this belief that weapon is gonna bring them peace and prosperity. Its been tried by various groups in various countries in the Middle East nearly a century, without any luck.

Thumb s.o.s 23 June 2019, 14:31

the mites aren't our brothers. They're Iranian and Syrian pawns.

Thumb whyaskwhy 25 June 2019, 00:02

I beleive most missed your point here and focused instead on Berry and his crookedness. Money can bring peace of course if it is done right instead of war but the Arab mentality is far behind that if would take a miracle to have Iran leave the region if peace was to be achieved on paper with Israel.

Thumb ___flamethrower___ 23 June 2019, 14:24

Best Parliament Speaker, ever!

Thumb Ivanka 23 June 2019, 14:29

As if my handsome husband listens to or cares for what this shia terrorist says.

Thumb s.o.s 23 June 2019, 14:29

Berri doesn't speak in my name nor the name of most Lebanese. We don't even know the nature of the deal, it's all speculation yet he already has his iranian speech ready. No Mr Criminal Warlord, we will reject nothing at this stage.

Thumb lebanon_first 23 June 2019, 17:39

Of course u are not tempted, you already stole lebanon and became wealthy.

Make it, 12billion, 150000 pals would be able to purchase an island in carribean, build homes and businesses over there. We ll be game

Thumb lebanon_first 23 June 2019, 17:41

Did anyone notice that all berri's speeches are about what he doesnt accept? No to peace plan. No to 1 inch of leb soil. No to everything.
He thinks that by constantly refusing things that will make him more virile?

Missing rabiosa 23 June 2019, 18:44

I've telling you for a while now Berri is the defect head honcho in Lebanon. Nothing ever gets done with out it first passing through his desk. I have it on account from someone who is familiar with the situation, if you ever venture to Tyre (sour), just before you get into the city there's a vast empty last that's been there forever. The owner wants build an apt. couples with shops or supermarket or whatever, but it's being held up and denied and one excuse after the other as Berri refuses to give the green light. Wonder why?

Missing arturo 23 June 2019, 20:14

The Palestinians do not need financial assistance from the US or its allies. They receive more than enough aide from their friends to supplement the growth of their economy.

Missing phillipo 24 June 2019, 08:41

What economy? The PA building palaces for the Rais, or Hamas producing rockets to shoot at Israel?