A leaked recording of a discussion Jared Kushner had with a group of congressional interns on Monday shows that the Trump White House has no real Middle East strategy. What’s more, the president’s son-in-law is not confident the administration could make any progress in the region in the near future.
Looking for a ‘Logical’ Solution
Kushner’s remarks came as a response to questions about the Trump administration’s efforts to bring peace between Israel and Palestine. The White House official initially avoided giving a straight answer and mentioned some negotiations, discussions between leaders, and failure of those negotiations.
In the end, he admitted that his father-in-law’s administration does not have a coherent strategy when it comes to the issue. When asked what a strategy might be, he noted that the White House tries to solve things “logically”:
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. And there may be no solution.
However, even though there may be no solution, the Trump administration is determined to remain focused on the issue as the president asked. Kushner hopes the administration could come to “the right conclusion” at some point in the foreseeable future.
History Doesn’t Matter
Kushner also hinted that history could be ignored when seeking a solution to the conflict that had started decades before he was born. Palestinians, however, will likely disagree with his vision.
The lack of coherence when it comes to Israel seems to be a trademark of the Trump administration. Earlier this year, President Trump told Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that he was leaning towards a “two-state and one-state [solution], and I like the one that both parties like.” He added that he could live with either of the alternatives.
Ironically, the recording of Kushner’s lecture to interns was leaked to the media despite the deputy staff director for member services’ warning interns that the recording of the discussion would be a breach of trust since “the town is full of leakers.”
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