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Jared Kushner Returning to Israel to Revive Peace Talks

19 June 2017

Kushner will meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netayahu in Jerusalem and with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah as a Trump envoy, along with Jason Greenblatt, an assistant to the President and special representative for global negotiations, the official told The Washington Post on Sunday night.

Kushner and Greenblatt helped orchestrate Trump's May 22-23 visit to Jerusalem, where he met with Netayahu, and to Bethlehem in the West Bank, where he met with Abbas. Kushner will travel along with Jason Greenblatt, an assistant to Trump and special representative for global negotiations.

Jared Kushner [VIDEO] is reportedly scheduled to visit Israel and Ramallah to meet their respective leaders to talk about achieving a long-lasting peace deal between the two Middle Eastern countries.

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Netanyahu also highlighted his longstanding ties to Kushner in a show of support for Trump when he visited the White House in February. The two are expected to work to advance direct talks between the parties. Following the meetings, Trump said he believed both leaders were "ready to reach for peace".

Going on the trip will be White House senior adviser Jared Kushner, who is Trump's son-in-law and husband of his daughter Ivanka Trump, and Jason Greenblatt, a top national security aide.

Kushner and Greenblatt are hoping to "continue conversations" with both sides but noting that an accord nearly certainly would require ongoing discussions.

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Kushner, the 36-year-old commercial real estate magnate whose marriage to Trump's eldest daughter has thrust the otherwise inexperienced diplomat into the center of USA foreign relations, now wields a hefty foreign affairs portfolio in the Trump administration.

Kushner and Greenblatt organized the President's Trump's May visit to Israel, where he met with Netanyahu and Abbas.

As the news of Kushner's upcoming visit to the Middle East broke, Twitterati criticized him for his inexperience in worldwide affairs. Last month, news surfaced that Kushner may have discussed creating a secret communications channel between the Trump transition team and the Kremlin with Kislyak. Earlier in June, according to a report by the Washington Post, Mueller was probing Kushner's financial dealings, as a part of an investigation into Russian meddling in 2016 presidential election.

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