Jared Kushner, the son-in-law and former adviser to President Donald Trump, is founding a new group to work on strengthening the agreements that normalized relations between Israel and four Arab states last year.
The “Abrahamic Peace Accord Institute” will focus on strengthening relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates, Morocco, Bahrain and Sudan. Kushner, who is married to Ivanka Trump, played an important role in drafting the agreements under the last administration.
The group will be non-profit and non-partisan, funded by private donations, according to a statement obtained by Axios. It will seek to strengthen trade and tourism and facilitate people-to-people relationships between countries.
Kushner is launching the new group alongside former US envoy Avi Berkowitz and the ambassadors from Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Israel.
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The group will also include Israeli businessman and Democratic donor Haim Saban. The group said it intended to add more Democrats to its ranks as well as international advisers.
“The energy and enthusiasm for the agreements across the region is truly remarkable,” the group said in a joint statement. “In less than a year, this warm peace will melt decades of incomprehension and hostility in the region. It is a question of peace between peoples as well as between nations. This will be the objective of the institute: to maintain and deepen these human links. “
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The Palestinians opposed Abraham’s accords, which they said violate promises by Arab nations not to make peace with Israel until it withdraws completely from the occupied lands. The Biden administration praised the agreements and pledged to develop them. In an appeal with the Abu Dhabi Crown Prince of the United Arab Emirates on Tuesday, Biden underscored the strategic importance of Israel-UAE relations, noting that they have a common concern in Iran.