Recently, it was leaked that Jared Kushner, the 36-year-old real estate tycoon and son-in-law of President Donald Trump, was asked about how he plans to negotiate peace in the long-running Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Kushner replied: “What I’ve determined from looking at it is that not a whole lot has been accomplished over the last 40 or 50 years we’ve been doing this.”
Kushner also said that he has spoken with “a lot of people” and has learned that “this is a very emotionally charged situation.” He dismissed the importance of historical context in negotiating peace in the region.
“You know everyone finds an issue, that, ‘you have to understand what they did then,’ and ‘you have to understand that they did this.’ But how does that help us get peace? Let’s not focus on that. We don’t want a history lesson. We’ve read enough books. Let’s focus on how do you come up with a conclusion to the situation.”
“So, what do we offer that’s unique? I don’t know … I’m sure everyone that’s tried this has been unique in some ways, but again we’re trying to follow very logically,” Kushner concluded. “We’re thinking about what the right end state is. And we’re trying to work with the parties very quietly to see if there’s a solution.”
The fact that the man charged with finding a true peace between Israelis and Palestinian Arabs sounds like an overeager, and maybe, overbaked, college philosophy major does not instill within me much confidence. Yet, apparently, this is the man that Donald Trump thinks is going to do the (almost) impossible in the Middle East.
Why was Jared given this assignment? Well, for one thing, he is Jewish. (So am I, by the way.) Also, clearly, his father-in-law is impressed with his talents. (Of course, Trump also thought that Anthony “The Mooch” Scaramucci was going to be an effective communicator and manager.)
As a result, when a tough job comes up in the Trump administration, Jared Kushner, Wonder Boy (WB), gets the call. So far, he has been asked to help staff the Trump administration, to reinvigorate government, to police administration ethics, to set up and run an alternate National Security Council, to renegotiate NAFTA, to talk to the Russians, to reach out to the Chinese, to negotiate the Saudi arms deal, and to solve the Middle East conflict between Israelis and Palestinian Arabs.
In the inevitable Trump television movie, I recommend that Joseph Gordon-Levitt be cast as Kushner.
Now, I am sure that Jared Kushner is a smart, capable, and (from what I hear) a friendly and polite guy. He may even be an honest-to-goodness Jack-of-All-Trades type who can excel in many different roles in the Trump administration. But even with all of his wonderful abilities, after reading his comments, I can’t help but believe that maybe, just maybe, his skills are being spread just a little too thin by his father-in-law.
Let’s not forget that during the transition Kushner apparently discussed using the Russian secure communications device to set up some private discussions between the incoming Trump administration and the Russian government. This was done either to allow for a nefarious and corrupt purpose, as alleged by the mainstream media and the Trump haters, or, more likely, for a more innocent purpose, such as to provide a secure channel for the Trump people to speak to the Russians. Either way, though, it was a dumb idea. And since it was allegedly Jared Kushner’s dumb idea, it may provide some more evidence that he may be overwhelmed with his multiple assignments.
Almost assuredly, WB is also headed for a huge belly flop in his efforts to make a lasting peace in the Middle East between the Israeli Jews and the Palestinian Arabs. I know WB is not a fan of reading history books, but if he were, he might know that this is a conflict – between the Israelis and the Palestinians – that has been ongoing for about a hundred years. He might also realize that this conflict is also enmeshed in a religious struggle, involving the religion of Islam, which mandates that any land area once controlled by Muslims, be it Israel, Spain, Greece or whatever, belongs to Muslims, for all eternity. He might even understand – in contrast to the dopes in the State Department – that the biggest impediment to establishing a real peace in the region is that the Palestinian Arabs have no actual desire for peace with the Israeli Jews, as demonstrated by their consistent rejection of good faith Israeli peace proposals and their steady incitement of Jew murder.
Jared Kushner, WB, may look cool wearing a flak jacket in the Middle East, but that is no guarantee he knows how to bring peace to that region.