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Ex-Trump Mideast envoy joins Israeli venture capital firm

An Israeli venture capital firm says it has hired the Trump administration’s former Mideast envoy Jason Greenblatt as a business developer for the region.

OurCrowd says the former attorney for Donald Trump will be acting as a partner responsible for “building ties with the Middle East region.”

Greenblatt was the architect of Trump’s recently unveiled Mideast plan that largely favored Israel. He worked as the White House’s special representative for international negotiations until resigning in October 2019.

Greenblatt tells The Associated Press his focus would be on cultivating investment from Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Bahrain — all countries that have developed behind-the-scenes relations with Israel in recent years, and who were to be key investors in the economic development side of the Trump administration’s Mideast plan.

“I’m hoping to be able to utilize the platform that I have and connect Israel and the Gulf in a way to continue the momentum that we’ve seen over the last three years,” Greenblatt says. “They work together on security to a degree. And, you know, there’s enough commerce going on in a small way that leads me to believe we’re going to see a bigger impact.”

AP

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