Jared Kushner was given an impossibly wide set of things to do when Trump took over the White House. Because Trump judges competency not by knowledge or experience, but by loyalty and cronyism, Kushner, as his son-in-law, was put in charge of many tasks—including “peace in the Middle East.”
Peace in the MIddle East, Kushner believes, hinges on Israel. There are many experts who agree, believing that any long-term peace solution in the Middle East will require a solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Unfortunately, it has become all too clear that Jared Kushner will never work for peace. Jared Kushner was the co-director of a foundation that funded illegal settlements on Palestinian territory, and The New York Times broke a story today that shows Kushner’s business (which he has not divested from) receiving tens of millions in Israeli investments into it. According to the Times, Kushner’s family business received $30 million from Menora Mivtachim, one of Israel’s largest financial institutions.
‘The deal, which was not made public, pumped significant new equity into 10 Maryland apartment complexes controlled by Kushner’s firm. While Mr. Kushner has sold parts of his business since taking a White House job last year, he still has stakes in most of the family empire — including the apartment buildings in and around Baltimore.
‘The Menora transaction is the latest financial arrangement that has surfaced between Mr. Kushner’s family business and Israeli partners, including one of the country’s wealthiest families and a large Israeli bank that is the subject of a United States criminal investigation.
‘But the deal last spring illustrates how the Kushner Companies’ extensive financial ties to Israel continue to deepen, even with his prominent diplomatic role in the Middle East. The arrangement could undermine the ability of the United States to be seen as an independent broker in the region. The Trump administration already inflamed tensions there when it said last month that it recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and would move the United States Embassy there from Tel Aviv.
‘“I think it’s reasonable for people to ask whether his business interests are somehow affecting his judgment,” said Matthew T. Sanderson, a lawyer at Caplin & Drysdale in Washington who specializes in government ethics and was general counsel to Senator Rand Paul’s presidential campaign.’
Israel, which has illegal colonies on Arabic territory and enforces apartheid in the territory it governs, is an international pariah when it comes to the Palestinians. Most nations in the world (notably, not the United States) recognize Palestine as a legitimate state. Palestine claims East Jerusalem as its capital. That’s one of the things that made Trump’s recognizing of Jerusalem as the capital, and promise to move the embassy there from Tel Aviv, so stupid. The Trump administration is not working for peace. It’s the opposite, in fact—the Trump administration is furthering the goals of Israeli hardliners, bringing the spectre of war.
Kushner has previously been raked over the coals publicly for his idiotic approach to Israel, which you can watch below:
Haim Saban, an Israeli-American billionaire, told him,
‘I understand that. But, to achieve that, the team has in it an entrepreneur, a real estate lawyer, a bankruptcy lawyer. I don’t know how you’ve lasted eight months in this lineup, but that’s for another day. And it’s impressive that it’s still going! There’s not a middle east [expert] in this group, so, I mean, how do you operate with people who basically, you know…with all due respect, a bunch of Orthodox Jews who have no idea about anything? What are you guys doing? No, seriously. I don’t understand this.’
Kushner—and Trump, by extension—is doing nothing for peace. He’s a corrupt slimeball like his father, and like his father-in-law.
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