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Kushner to the Middle East. The Goal? Peace Between Israel and Palestine.

President Trump has put a good deal of faith in Jared Kushner and is handing Kushner his biggest assignment yet: a peace deal between Israel and Palestine.

Jared Kushner, a son-in-law and top advisor to President Trump, will travel to the Middle East this week to try to broker a peace deal between Israel and Palestine.

It’s just the latest major assignment for Kushner, who has seen his portfolio grow since Trump took office in January. Kushner will lead a meeting of tech leaders on Monday at the White House.


Kushner and Trump aide Jason Greenblatt will travel to Jerusalem, Israel and Ramallah in the Palestinian Territories this week, according to Reuters:

The talks follow Trump’s discussions last month with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. Behind-the-scenes conversations have been taking place since the Trump trip, the White House official said.

Reuters also reported that the White House cautioned against a quick timeline on the talks, given “that forging a historic peace agreement will take time.”


Still, Trump is bullish on Kushner’s ability to bring peace. In January, Trump told Kushner at a “black-tie event” in D.C.: “If you can’t produce peace in the Middle East, nobody can.”

Peace between Israel and Palestine has eluded prior presidents. Former Presidents Clinton and Bush held meetings and made efforts but fell short, while ex-President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had a famously frosty relationship over Obama’s eight years in the White House.