Jared Kushner, White House senior adviser and the president’s son-in-law, is on a trip around the Middle East to promote his long-touted peace plan.
On Tuesday, Kushner and Mideast negotiator Jason Greenblatt met with Jordan’s King Abdullah to discuss the administration’s efforts to broker a peace deal between the Palestinians and Israel. The deal’s details remain secret, but Kushner also brought up the issue of the ongoing humanitarian crisis in the Gaza Strip, according to the White House. Reports suggest the Trump administration plans to use its close relationship with Qatar and Saudi Arabia to convince the Gulf nations to invest around $1 billion to assist the impoverished area and its nearly 2 million inhabitants.
Despite these efforts, the Trump administration appears to have lost much of its legitimacy with the Palestinians following its decision to move the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. The move angered Palestinians and people across the Middle East, who viewed it as tacit support for Israel’s claim over the entire city of Jerusalem.
“The credibility of the U.S. in the region to deliver on peace of any kind is just not there,” Amanda Kadlec, a Middle East analyst with the Rand Corp. in Washington, told Newsweek. “What did remain, however tenuous, was America’s long-standing role as a primary international facilitator of dialogue between the Israelis and the Palestinians.