Trump questioned if Kushner accomplished peace in the Middle East 'after all' amid recent Israel-Hamas violence, report says
President Donald Trump's Senior White House Advisor Jared Kushner pauses as he speaks to a member of the audience as he leads a press conference with President Donald Trump and Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos in the East Room of the White House on Thursday, Jan. 2017, in Washington.
Trump and Kushner are growing apart, according to a new CNN report.
The former president has reportedly begun to question Kushner's achievements in his administration.
Trump asked, for example, whether Kushner had "achieved peace in the Middle East" when there was violence between Israel and Hamas.
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Donald Trump and Jared Kushner are growing apart over the former president's obsession with the 2020 election, and this leads Trump to question his son-in-law's accomplishments, according to a new CNN report.
Amid the fighting between Israel and Hamas in May, Trump reportedly began to question whether Kushner had really "achieved peace in the Middle East" after all.
A Trump spokesman did not immediately respond to Insider's request for comment.
Kushner has been tasked with leading the Trump administration's approach to the Middle East peace process.
But the "peace plan" that Kushner ultimately unveiled did not involve any consultation or negotiation with Palestinian leaders, and experts dismissed it as little more than a PR stunt for then Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu - who is closely allied with Trump - before an election . Palestinian leaders categorically rejected the plan, calling it the "blow of the century".
Kushner also helped facilitate the Abraham Accords, which normalized diplomatic relations between Israel and two Arab Gulf states - the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain.
In a Wall Street Journal comment published in March - just weeks before violence flared up again in the region - Kushner assumed optimism about its implications for peace in the Middle East.
"We are witnessing the last vestiges of what is known as the Arab-Israeli conflict," wrote Kushner, describing the problems between Israel and the Palestinians as "nothing more than a real estate dispute". Top human rights groups have condemned Israel's treatment of the Palestinians as a form of apartheid.
About two months after Kushner wrote this, more than 260 people, mostly Palestinians, were killed in fighting between Israel and Hamas. At least 128 of the people killed in Gaza were civilians, the UN said.
The Trump administration's general handling of US-Israel relations has fueled tension in the region and undermined the US administration's longstanding goal of a two-state solution. Trump has repeatedly taken controversial steps in line with Netanyahu's right-wing agenda, such as moving the US embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, recognizing Israel's annexation of the Golan Heights and declaring that the US no longer regards Israeli settlements as illegal under international law.
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