Jared Kushner launches peace institute to strengthen Israel-Arab normalization deals

Jared Kushner has launched an institute to promote his major accomplishment when he advised his father-in-law, former US president Donald Trump: the normalization agreements between Israel and a number of Sunni Arab countries.

Kushner founded the Abraham Accords Institute for Peace with Avi Berkowitz, a friend Kushner brought in to be the chief Middle East peace negotiator in the latter part of his father’s single presidential term, Axios reports today.

Berkowitz helped broker the accords last year that brought normalization agreements between Israel and Sudan, Morocco, the United Arab Emirates, and Bahrain.

The institute will promote trade, tourism, and people-to-people exchanges between Israel and the Arab countries.

The other founders include Haim Saban, an Israeli American entertainment mogul who also is a major donor to the Democratic Party. Axios says that Kushner wants to bring more Democrats on board. The Abraham Accords is one of the few diplomatic initiatives launched by Trump that US President Joe Biden has fully embraced.

Kushner has lain low since his father-in-law left office and has not commented on the false claims Trump peddles that Joe Biden’s election was fraudulent. Kushner, who led Trump’s 2016 and 2020 campaigns, is reportedly no longer among his father-in-law’s political advisers.

The other founders of the institute include Israel’s Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi and the ambassadors of Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates to Washington. Rob Greenway, the senior Middle East official on Trump’s National Security Council, will be the executive director.

Avi Berkowitz, then assistant to the President and Special Representative for International Negotiations, left, and then-President Donald Trump’s White House senior adviser Jared Kushner, look at each other during a press briefing in the James Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House in Washington, August 13, 2020 (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
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