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 conflictâs history and speaking with âa lot of people,â heâd learned that âthis is a very emotionally charged situation.â
Al Ray reports that, according to Khaled Elgindy, an analyst in theÂ Center for Middle East PolicyÂ at the Brookings Institution, Kushner doesnât need to be a veteran diplomat or an experienced negotiator â but he must âunderstand the nuances of this conflict.â
âThe problem you have is that thereâs a very steep learning curve,â said Elgindy. âBut, Iâm not sure, based on what I read, that Kushner has caught up to that learning curve.â
As Kushner revealed at the end of Wiredâs audio clip, despite all his bravado, he doesnât 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 administrationâs approach to peace is unique, he simply responded, âI donât know.â
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.