WATCH | Jared Kushner could take a whack at peace in the Middle East
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is meeting with President Trump on Wednesday. Iran is sure to be on the agenda, but what about peace between Israel and Palestine?
Well, that ever-present topic could come up, and Trump indicated that his point man on those negotiations is his orthodox Jewish son-in-law, Jared Kushner. As the president-elect, Trump told the Times of London that Kushner could, “make a deal with Israel that no one else can -- you know, he’s a natural.”
Mr. Kushner could be at a disadvantage in the sense that he doesn't know the history of what was tried before.
During the campaign, Kushner has reportedly advised Trump on his pro-Israel stance. But Kushner has no official foreign policy experience. And even for someone with expertise, peace between Israel and Palestine has long been the white whale of global peace accords.
Peace between Israel and Palestine, “has been the holy grail of many different presidents who rush to failure,” Phillips added.
So Trump taking a different approach to the issue may be worth a try.
“I don’t know how Donald Trump could do any worse than the other presidents have done," George Washington University professor Gary Nordlinger told Circa.
One thing that may play to Trump's advantage however, Kushner being a former businessman.
“Business people by definition know how to negotiate. Kushner probably is more of a mainstream negotiator than Trump," Nordlinger said. "The mainstream business community by definition knows how to negotiate.”
But a lot is still unknown about Trump’s position to Israel.
I don't know what he is going to do with the Israel-Palestinian situation.
During the campaign Trump positioned himself a staunch defender of the Jewish state, but more recently his administration put out a statement urging Israel to restrict the expansion of new settlements, saying, “construction of new settlements or the expansion of existing settlements beyond their current borders may not be helpful.”
The administration didn't say if settlements will be discussed.