In a speech just before his inauguration, President Trump turned to his son-in-law Jared Kushner and said, “if you can’t produce peace in the Middle East, nobody can. All my life I’ve been hearing that’s the toughest deal in the world to make. And I’ve seen it. But I have a feeling that Jared is going to do a great job.” Kushner, it now seems, is not so sure. That’s probably for the best.
Kushner is being widely mocked for some of his observations. He apparently learned after talking to people involved in previous peace negotiations that the reason the Israeli-Palestinian crisis has been so hard to solve is that “this is a very emotionally charged situation.” And given that he’s been involved for about six months on a 50-year-old problem, it’s not exactly encouraging to hear him say, “We don’t want a history lesson. We’ve read enough books.”
Still, it’s good to see that Kushner is at least realistic about the prospects of achieving what his father-in-law calls “the ultimate deal”: “So, what do we offer that’s unique? I don’t know. … I’m sure everyone that’s tried this has been unique in some ways, but again we’re trying to follow very logically. We’re thinking about what the right end state is. And we’re trying to work with the parties very quietly to see if there’s a solution. And there may be no solution, but it’s one of the problems that the president asked us to focus on. So we’re going to focus on it and try to come to the right conclusion in the near future”.
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