Kushner breaks silence for the first time since leaving office to talk about opportunities for peace in the Middle East

White House senior adviser Jared Kushner walks on the South Lawn of the White House on Dec. 23, 2020, as he prepares to board a Marine One helicopter.

Former White House senior adviser Jared Kushner made his first public remarks since leaving the White House earlier this year, writing an op-ed about the opportunity for peace in the Middle East.

Kushner published an opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal on Sunday titled “Opportunity Beckons in the Mideast. The article argues that it would be a mistake for the Biden administration not to build on the Trump administration’s successes in the region.

Kushner wrote: “Eliminating the ISIS caliphate and bringing six peace agreements – between Israel and the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Sudan, Morocco and Kosovo, and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) – has changed the paradigm. paradigm.”

Kushner was one of four Trump Administration officials nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in February for their role in negotiating four normalization agreements between Israel and Arab countries.

Kushner, who is the husband of Ivanka Trump, daughter of former President Trump, highlighted the Trump administration’s state visit to Saudi Arabia in 2017. During that visit, Trump gave a speech in Riyadh, calling on the Arab world to oppose what he sees as a common adversary: radical Islamic extremism and the Iranian regime, the ideology’s biggest supporter.

“As the guardian of Islam’s two holy sites, Saudi Arabia has made significant progress in fighting extremism, which has greatly reduced the risk of attack on the United States and created the environment for a new partnership today,” Kushner wrote, “in a final agreement before Mr. Trump leaves office. he pushed Qatar and Saudi Arabia to end their diplomatic conflict and restore a vital alliance against Iran.”

Kushner has made no official public appearances or statements since leaving the White House on Jan. 20. Ivanka made some media headlines a week ago when she was seen delivering Food boxes in Apopka, Florida, for assisting the Trump administration’s Farmers to Families program.

Former President Trump spoke at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Florida two weeks ago on Feb. 28, his first public appearance since leaving office.

Kushner specifically praised the Biden Administration‘s handling of the Iran issue and argued that President Biden’s existing relationship with the nation’s leadership is a strength that Trump does not possess.

“While many are troubled by the Biden team’s offer to work with Europe and rejoin the Iran deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, I think it’s a smart diplomatic move.” Kushner said.

He wrote, “When Iran told the Europeans that the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action was dead and that only a new framework could bring stability to the future, the Biden administration decided that Iran was bluffing, that it was just trying to start negotiations and asking for something in return, and President Biden made the right call to reject it.”

As a leading figure in the Trump administration’s efforts to promote peace in the Middle East, Kushner suggested that the Biden administration would do well to remain patient with Iran, which is in a financial crunch due to Trump sanctions.

“Iran pretends to be strong, but its economic situation is dire and it cannot afford to sustain conflict or survive indefinitely under the current sanctions,” Kushner wrote, “The United States should be patient and insist that any deal include real nuclear inspections and an end to Iran’s funding of foreign militias. “

He noted that because countries are no longer boycotting Israel, the Arab world has begun to flourish and the Biden administration should make progress on the previous administration’s road map. He mentioned that Oman (Oman), Qatar (Qatar) and Mauritania (Mauritania, also known as Maurya) are on the verge of joining the Abrahamic agreement.

“These relationships should be pursued aggressively, and each agreement is a blow to those who prefer chaos.” Kushner wrote.

The former White House adviser stressed that the most important relationship that has improved so far is that between Israel and Saudi Arabia. The relationship could be normalized if “led by a Biden administration,” Kushner wrote.

“The stage is set,” he wrote in closing, “for a Biden administration, if it is wise, to seize this historic opportunity to unlock the potential of the Middle East, secure America and help reverse decades of conflict and turmoil in the region. Now is the Time to open a new chapter of partnership, prosperity and peace.”