'The Middle East Is Changing': Kushner Joins Israeli Lawmakers at Abraham Accords Event

The Knesset's Caucus for Promoting the Abraham Accords is meant to strengthen Israel's economic, tourist and other ties with Gulf states, as well as 'formulate future agreements with other countries'

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Jared Kushner, Sara Netanyahu, Benjamin Netanyahu and Ivanka Trump in Jerusalem, on Monday.
Jared Kushner, Sara Netanyahu, Benjamin Netanyahu and Ivanka Trump in Jerusalem, on Monday.Credit: Twitter
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Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump, former U.S. President Donald Trump's son-in-law and daughter, respectively, attended on Monday the inaugural meeting of a Knesset panel dedicated to the promotion of the U.S.-brokered normalization deals, which they helped put together as Trump's senior advisers.

The Caucus for Promoting the Abraham Accords, co-led by Knesset members Ruth Wasserman Lande of Kahol Lavan and Likud's Ofir Akunis, will work to strengthen economic and tourism ties with other state parties to the accords, a statement from Wasserman Lande said.

The parliamentary group will also work to "formulate future agreements with other countries," the statement added, but it is unclear what part lawmakers could have in any future negotiations.

Kushner thanked the "many people" who were part in promoting the normalization accords, adding that "the Middle East in changing." Cooperation and a focus on the economy, he argued, would make "our dream of peace come true."

Kushner, Trump in JerusalemCredit: Twitter

Prior to the Knesset event, Kushner and Trump met former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who led the normalization talks on Israel's behalf. Netanyahu, now opposition leader, said in a tweet he was "happy to meet with our close friends."

Foreign Minister Yair Lapid thanked Netanyahu for his part in the diplomatic breakthrough, and said that the current Israeli government not only embraced the normalization deals, but took them forward by strengthening ties with Egypt and Jordan.

Israel signed peace agreements with Egypt in 1979 and Jordan in 1994. Relations with both neighboring countries have been strained during Netanyahu's last years in office.

Lapid also called on the Palestinians "and any Arab nation that is listening" to see that Israel wants peace.

Defense Minister Benny Gantz and Knesset Speaker Mickey Levy also joined the event, alongside diplomats from the United Arab Emirates and Morocco, who normalized ties with Israel as part of the Abraham Accords, together with Bahrain.

Levy thanked Kushner for his "tremendous" efforts to bring about the accords, which had also been endorsed by President Joe Biden's new administration.

The speaker called on other Arab and Muslim nations to "abandon the way of hate and follow the Abraham Accords towards normalization and peace with the State of Israel."

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