President-elect Donald Trump’s foreign policy plan for resolving the conflict between Israel and Palestine in the Middle East may involve using the expertise of his son-in-law Jared Kushner, a new report suggests.
“I would love to be the one who made peace with Israel and the Palestinians, that would be such a great achievement,” Trump said in an interview with the New York Times on Tuesday, according to a tweet from the publication’s Mike Grynbaum.
Kushner, touted as the steering force behind Trump’s campaign victory, is an orthodox Jew whose grandparents were Holocaust survivors. Trump’s daughter Ivanka converted to Judaism when she married Kushner in 2009.
While he acted as a close advisor to Trump’s campaign, Kushner helped rid the president-elect of anti-semitic allegations and grow support for the candidate among the powerful pro-Israel community, as well as establish stronger ties with the government of Israel.
Kushner is reportedly also being considered for a significant role in Trump’s administration as the president-elect gets ready to move to the White House in two months.
A tweet by the Times’ Washington bureau chief, Elisabeth Bumiller showed that during a meeting with with the newspaper’s editorial staff on Tuesday, Trump suggested that Kushner may play an important role in brokering peace in the Middle East.
The appointment of the real estate developer, who is reportedly worth $200 million, may raise eyebrows as Trump considers blurring the lines between his private life and presidential duties.
The president-elect also came under the scanner for allowing his family to influence the discharge of his official duties after Ivanka was pictured attending a meeting between her father and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who became the first head of state to visit Trump.