Senior advisorĀ to PresidentĀ Donald Trump, Jared Kushner, Ā has expressed frustration regarding the “peace process” between the Palestinian Authority and Israel.
Speaking to a group of congressional interns, in what was supposed to be an off-the-record meeting, Kushner said that, after researching the conflictās history and speaking with āa lot of people,ā heād learned that āthis is a very emotionally charged situation.ā
Al Ray reports that, according to Khaled Elgindy, an analyst in theĀ Center for Middle East PolicyĀ at the Brookings Institution, Kushner doesnāt need to be a veteran diplomat or an experienced negotiator ā but he must āunderstand the nuances of this conflict.ā
āThe problem you have is that thereās a very steep learning curve,ā said Elgindy. āBut, Iām not sure, based on what I read, that Kushner has caught up to that learning curve.ā
As Kushner revealed at the end of Wiredās audio clip, despite all his bravado, he doesnāt seem to actually have any new ideas ā or any ideas at all, really ā for how to move negotiations between the Israelis and Palestinians forward. Asked by someone during the off-the-record interview session how the Trump administrationās approach to peace is unique, he simply responded, āI donāt know.ā
Kushner is a strong supporter of Israel, a friend of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and has attended family visits.
When Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas met Kushner in June, a Palestinian official said that Trump’s brother-in-law appeared to be Netanyahu’s adviser and not a neutral party.