A senior US administration official said Monday that Washington would \u201cnot chase the Palestinian leadership\u201d for a peace deal with Israel, days after\u00a0Tel Aviv and the United Arab Emirates\u00a0signed an agreement.\r\nJared Kushner said the ball was now in the Palestinians\u2019 court during a phone briefing with journalists.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nKushner touched on\u00a0Israel\u2019s halted annexation plans, which it agreed to in the UAE deal. He said Washington had received assurances that Tel Aviv would not push forward without US consensus on the matter.\r\n\u201cWe do not plan on giving our consent for some time. We want Israel to focus on creating new relationships and alliances,\u201d Kushner said.\r\nHe blamed Iran for sowing strife and division in the region.\r\n\u201cIf you think about the people who don\u2019t want\u00a0Saudi Arabia and Israel\u00a0to make a peace agreement, the number one proponent of that is going to be Iran. But I think that just shows that it\u2019s probably the right thing to do,\u201d Kushner told Al Arabiya English during the briefing.\r\nAsked about\u00a0US-Saudi collaboration peace plans\u00a0in the Middle East, Kushner said that he had had many discussions with Saudi Arabia\u2019s King Salman bin Abdulaziz and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. \u201cThey both have a strong place in their hearts for the Palestinians \u2026 and they want to see the Palestinian people have a state and economic prosperity,\u201d Kushner said of Saudi Arabia\u2019s leaders.\r\nHe added that such an agreement would be good for Saudi business and Saudi defense.\r\nThe senior US official, also Trump\u2019s son-in-law, voiced his belief that there would be\u00a0more normalizations\u00a0between other Arab countries and Israel soon.