President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner, held talks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem on Wednesday, beginning a new United States effort to revive long-fractured Middle East peace efforts.
Kushner, a 36-year-old real estate developer with little experience of international diplomacy or political negotiation, arrived in Israel on Wednesday morning and will spend barely 20 hours on the ground — he leaves shortly after midnight.
Israeli and U.S. officials provided no information on what was to be discussed and there are no plans for Kushner to speak to the media or take any questions, maintaining the circumspect profile he has established since Trump took office.
Later on Wednesday, he will travel to Ramallah, in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, for talks with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas after Iftar, the evening meal that breaks the Ramadan fast.
Democrats in the United States have rejected the appointment of President-Elect Donald Trump’s son-in-law as a Senior White House Adviser.
They want the Justice Department and Office of Legal Ethics to review 36-year-old Jared Kushner’s appointment over concerns of nepotism and conflict of interest.
His lawyer however says the post does not breach anti-nepotism laws.
Mr Kushner is married to Mr Trump’s daughter Ivanka and he is expected to step down as boss of his family’s real estate business.
He will also step down as publisher of the New York Observer newspaper in order to comply with ethics laws.
In his new role as a Senior White House Adviser, Mr Kushner will initially focus on trade policy and the middle east.
US Republican Presidential nominee, Donald Trump, on Monday fired his campaign manager, Corey Lewandoski for unknown reasons.
Trump’s decision to fire his campaign manager was another shakeup for a campaign already at odds.
Trump said Lewandowski did “a great job” but “it’s time now for a different kind of campaign.”
Lewandoski said that he did not know why he was being fired, and reason for the decision by the Trump campaign is still not clear while speaking with the media later on Monday.
Lewandoski leaves, just as Trump faces strong resistance from senior members of the Republican Party, over his strident tone, hard line immigration policy, and falling poll numbers.
Meanwhile, two people who are close to Trump explained that Trump’s decision to fire his manager came through his daughter Ivanka Trump and her husband, Jared Kushner, who have powerful advisory roles in the campaign.