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From Peace Deals to Plea Deals

From the Editors 1 year ago

Jared Kushner, From Peace Deals to Plea Deals

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Nicole Jeffords Original Portrait, Oil on Canvas, 14×11 (2017) – $1,200
Giclee – $250
Meme Poster – $35

Jared Kushner made his international debut on Sunday at the Saban Forum, the premier gathering of American and Middle Eastern visionaries, but gave away no substantial information on the Israeli peace deal that he and Donald Trump are developing. Kushner’s appearance at the forum came just days before the president is supposedly going to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, an announcement that has the potential to disrupt the very peace initiative the White House is drafting between Israel and the Palestinians. The president has until Monday to decide whether to keep the United States Embassy in Tel Aviv or move it to Jerusalem, like he has repeatedly promised to do.

During the course of the 30 minute interview, Kushner failed to comment on anything concrete. Including when interviewer Haim Saban noted that court papers filed on Friday, the same day that Michael Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his contacts with Russia, cited that Flynn was directed to talk with Russian ambassador, Sergey Kislyak, by a senior transition official who has been identified by journalists as Kushner. The Trump team was lobbying against a United Nations Security Council resolution condemning Israeli settlements in the West Bank, clearly contradicting the position of President Barack Obama who still held office. Trump had not yet been inaugurated, so it has been suggested that he was working against the foreign policy of the incumbent president which could violate the Logan Act, a law that bars private citizens (which Flynn and Kushner were at the time) from interfering with diplomatic relations between the U.S. and foreign governments.

To read the full story, here are two good sources: The Atlantic and The New York Times.

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