In First, Kushner to Speak Publicly About Trump Peace Efforts

At Saban forum, Kushner, Israeli leaders and prominent U.S. lawmakers like Sen. Tom Cotton to discuss issues ranging from peace to Iran

FILE PHOTO: White House Senior adviser Jared Kushner attends meetings held by U.S. President Donald Trump and China's President Xi Jinping in Beijing, China, November 9, 2017. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
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WASHINGTON - Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser, will speak publicly this weekend for the first time about the Trump administration's attempts to facilitate an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement.

Kushner, who has been working on this issue ever since January, will speak on Sunday at the Saban Forum in Washington, D.C., an annual conference on U.S. policy in the Middle East, organized by the Brookings Institution.

Kushner will talk about the administration's peace efforts together with Haim Saban, the Israeli-born business mogul who funds the annual event. 

Businessman Haim Saban arrives before the start of the third U.S. presidential debate at the Thomas & Mack Center on October 19, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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Also on Sunday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will address the forum via satellite from his office in Jerusalem. Other Israeli speakers at the event this year include former Prime Minister Ehud Barak, Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked and the new leader of the Labor Party, Avi Gabbay.

On the conference's opening night on Friday, Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR) will participate in a discussion about the Iran deal. Cotton was mentioned on Thursday in a number of press reports as a candidate to become the next head of the CIA.