Senior White House adviser Jared Kushner celebrated Israel’s new deal with the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain after a signing ceremony at the White House on Tuesday, telling Fox News that the agreements negotiated by President Trump ” make you realize that anything is possible if we have the courage, the vision and the determination to try to move forward. ”
“You see this deal which, again, is really a defining moment and just for me personally it was an honor to be a part of it and a very emotional day here at the White House watching, you know, something thing to happen that no one thought possible, ”Kushner told“ The Story ”.
Trump was joined on Tuesday by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, United Arab Emirates (UAE) Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed al-Nahyan and Bahraini Foreign Minister Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalif to sign the agreements of Abraham, what the president hailed as “the dawn of a new Middle East. ”
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Kushner said the deal was the result of Trump’s unique approach to diplomacy in the region and highlighted steps the administration has taken that have helped build confidence so far.
“We looked at everything that had been tried and everything that had failed. he [Trump] said ‘let’s try to do it differently,’ ”Kushner recalls.
“Instead of trying to tackle the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and make it the panacea of everything, we took the steps that needed to be taken to show that there was real sincerity, but we showed that the Palestinian leadership is not interested in making a peace deal this time around and we have shown that Israel is.
“That, combined with efforts to bring everyone together, allowed us to make these historic breakthroughs. ”
At the end of the day, Kushner said, countries in the Middle East really want the same, which is a bright future.
“People in the Middle East now see that they don’t want their future to be held back by the conflicts of the past,” he explained. “People want to take advantage of shared opportunities. They want better jobs. They want to do business together. They want to explore each other’s countries and get to know each other, and President Trump was able to take an unconventional approach to bringing people together. . ”
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Kushner addressed his critics who wrongly predicted that Trump’s unconventional diplomatic approach would further contribute to instability in the region.
“These people said ‘if President Trump was elected he would start World War III’. What we saw today [was] instead of World War III, it made the first breakthrough in peace in the Middle East in the past 26 years, ”Kushner said.
“Their way of doing things didn’t work. And so President Trump took another path, but he got a different result in doing it in a much more productive way. ”
Asked about the possibility of reaching a peace deal with Iran, Kushner said: “All these leaders coming together to sign a peace deal … it makes you realize that anything is possible.”
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“So,” he continued, “the hope we have is that Iran will stop opposing progress… they should modernize their society. Give their citizens more rights and freedoms and help build a better future for their generation. “. and we can help them do it. ”