Kushner resurfaces with op-ed on the Middle East

In the op-ed, Kushner promotes the Abraham Accords and gets in touch with President Joe Biden to “build on the progress in the Middle East,” mainly applauding his dad in law’s policy however likewise providing some support to Biden.

Kushner, among the most universal authorities in the Trump administration who was entrusted with significant duties from Middle East peace to criminal justice reform, has actually preserved a low profile considering that leaving the White Home, moving from Washington to Miami with spouse Ivanka Trump on January 20.

Previously this month, CNN reported that while previous President Donald Trump is outlining his go back to politics from Mar-a-Lago, Kushner has actually tapped out, a number of individuals who worked carefully with him at the White Home or recognize with his thinking informed CNN on background in order to preserve relationships.

“Right now, he’s just checked out of politics,” someone informed CNN, with a number of individuals informing CNN that Kushner is genuinely — this time — successfully done with Trump’s rhetoric. Another individual familiar with Kushner’s brand-new chapter stated he desires closure and a new beginning, one that does not consist of encouraging his father-in-law every day. However 2 other individuals who spoke with CNN suggested that Trump has actually been informing those in his inner circle he is upset with Kushner.

Kushner was a key negotiator in the Abraham Accords, a historic US-brokered peace treaty between Israel, the United Arab Emirates, and Bahrain, signed in September 2020 at the White House, with Morocco and Sudan later joining the agreement. The deal secured the establishment of political and economic ties for the first time in both countries’ histories.
In Sunday’s op-ed, Kushner praised the Biden administration’s openness to diplomacy with Iran, which last month rejected an offer by the European Union to partake in nuclear talks with the US and the other signatories of the nuclear deal. Biden has actually said the US will not lift sanctions to get Iran back to the negotiating table, suggesting the measure would only happen if Tehran stops enriching uranium.

“The Biden administration, however, has one asset that the Trump administration never had—a relationship with Iran. While many were troubled by the Biden team’s opening offer to work with Europe and rejoin the Iran deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, I saw it as a smart diplomatic move,” Kushner wrote.

He continued, “The Biden administration called Iran’s bluff. It revealed to the Europeans that the JCPOA is dead and only a new framework can bring stability for the future. When Iran asked for a reward merely for initiating negotiations, President Biden did the right thing and refused.”

For his part, Secretary of State Tony Blinken has praised some of Trump’s efforts as it relates to peace in the Middle East, saying last week that “the initiatives that led to steps by countries to normalize relations with Israel were a very good thing and something we want to build on.”

Kushner also described the Arab-Israeli conflict as “nothing more than a real-estate dispute between Israelis and Palestinians that need not hold up Israel’s relations with the broader Arab world.”

“The table is set. If it is smart, the Biden administration will seize this historic opportunity to unleash the Middle East’s potential, keep America safe, and help the region turn the page on a generation of conflict and instability,” he wrote.

The op-ed also comes as Reuters reports Kushner is planning to write a book about his time in the White Home, with a concentrate on the Middle East, to name a few subjects.

CNN’s Kate Bennett, Dana Celebration, and Paul LeBlanc added to this report.

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.