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Jared Kushner: If Abraham Accords aren’t nurtured they risk regression

Jacob Magid is The Times of Israel's US correspondent based in New York

Former White House official Jared Kushner speaks at an event in Washington marking the one-year anniversary of the Abraham Accords, on September 14, 2021. (Jacob Magid/Times of Israel)
Former White House official Jared Kushner speaks at an event in Washington marking the one-year anniversary of the Abraham Accords, on September 14, 2021. (Jacob Magid/Times of Israel)

WASHINGTON — Former senior White House adviser Jared Kushner warns that if the Abraham Accords that he helped broker a year ago “are not nurtured, we run the risk that they could go backward.”

Kushner speaks at a ceremony in Washington marking the one-year anniversary of the Abraham Accords. The event is being hosted by the Abraham Accords Peace Institute, a center established earlier this year by Kushner with the goal of advancing the normalization agreements he helped broker between Israel and a series of Muslim and Arab countries.

Kushner describes the agreements as a “rare foreign policy effort that achieved bipartisan consensus,” which were the result of “intense diplomacy that involved more listening than lecturing.”

Former US president Donald Trump’s son-in-law notes the presence of Egypt’s Ambassador to the US Motaz Zahran and Sudan’s Ambassador to the US Nureldin Satti.

Sudan did not send a representative to a similar event hosted yesterday by the Israeli consulate in New York.

While delivering his opening remarks, Kushner is interrupted by CODEPINK director Ariel Gold who bursts into the ballroom at the Four Seasons Hotel in Georgetown.

Shouting, “peace will not happen until Palestinians are free,” the woman is quickly ushered out of the room by security guards.

Afterward, Kushner says that such interruptions are unhelpful and says that “there’s so much available” for the Palestinian leadership if they only took advantage of it.

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