Senior advisorÂ to PresidentÂ Donald Trump, Jared Kushner, Â 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 conflictâ€™s history and speaking with â€śa lot of people,â€ť heâ€™d learned that â€śthis is a very emotionally charged situation.â€ť
Al Ray reports that, according to Khaled Elgindy, an analyst in theÂ Center for Middle East PolicyÂ at the Brookings Institution, Kushner doesnâ€™t need to be a veteran diplomat or an experienced negotiator â€” but he must â€śunderstand the nuances of this conflict.â€ť
â€śThe problem you have is that thereâ€™s a very steep learning curve,â€ť said Elgindy. â€śBut, Iâ€™m not sure, based on what I read, that Kushner has caught up to that learning curve.â€ť
As Kushner revealed at the end of Wiredâ€™s audio clip, despite all his bravado, he doesnâ€™t seem to actually have any new ideas â€” or any ideas at all, really â€” for how to move negotiations between the Israelis and Palestinians forward. Asked by someone during the off-the-record interview session how the Trump administrationâ€™s approach to peace is unique, he simply responded, â€śI donâ€™t know.â€ť
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.