As deadline looms, Kushner says Trump undecided on Jerusalem and embassy moves
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As deadline looms, Kushner says Trump undecided on Jerusalem and embassy moves

The president's son-in-law and point man on the Middle East says Israeli-Palestinian conflict needs to be resolved to achieve stability in region

Eric Cortellessa covers American politics for The Times of Israel.

White House adviser Jared Kushner addresses the Saban Forum in Washington, DC, on December 3, 2017. (YouTube screenshot)
White House adviser Jared Kushner addresses the Saban Forum in Washington, DC, on December 3, 2017. (YouTube screenshot)

WASHINGTON — In rare public remarks, US President Donald Trump’s senior adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner said on Sunday that Trump has not yet made up his mind on moving the US embassy to Jerusalem or recognizing the city as Israel’s capital.

“The president is going to make his decision,” Kushner said to a crowd at the Brookings Institution’s annual Saban Forum. “He’s still looking at a lot of different facts.”

The 36-year-old who has been tasked with leading the administration’s efforts to broker a Middle East peace accord also argued that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict needed to be resolved to achieve wider Middle East stability.

“I think that if we’re going to try to create more stability in the region as a whole, then you have to solve this issue,” he told the Israeli-American media mogul Haim Saban, a longtime Democratic donor who was a big supporter of Hillary Clinton, Trump’s 2016 rival.

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