Jared Kushner To Lead US Delegation In Israel

(FreedomJournal.org)- Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and a senior White House adviser, will next week lead a delegation of U.S. officials to Morocco and Israel. The purpose of the trip is to discuss the normalization deal the two countries struck just last week.

Kushner helped broker the deal between the two countries, a senior administration official told Reuters. In a show of progress, The U.S. team will join with an Israeli team to take a direct flight from Tel Aviv to Rabat.

Taking the trip with Kushner will be Adam Boehler, the chief executive officer of the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation, as well as Avi Berkowitz, the Middle East envoy.

Kushner and the team will arrive in Israel Monday, according to the official. While he is in Jerusalem, he’ll meet and talk with Benjamin Netanyahu, the prime minister of Israel.

During the trip from Tel Aviv to Rabat, which is expected to take place Tuesday, the Israeli team will be led by Meir Ben-Shabbat, a national security adviser for the country.

Miri Regev, Israel’s transportation minister, recently gave a live interview with Israel’s Army Radio where he spoke about the upcoming trip with Kushner. He said:

“I am so proud that our grandfathers and grandmothers can visit Morocco while still alive. This is peace.”

Regev himself is of Moroccan Jewish descent. His family once immigrated to Israel from Morocco. Morocco has produced 250,000 Jewish immigrants to Israel — the largest number of any Muslim country.

This deal between Israel and Morocco is the fourth one that the United States has helped broker under the Trump administration. Similar agreements have already been brokered between Israel and Bahrain, Sudan and the United Arab Emirates.

This particular agreement included the Trump administration agreeing to recognize Morocco’s sovereignty over the Western Sahara. There is where a territorial dispute has been raging for decades between the country and the Polisario Front, which is backed by Algeria. That movement has sought to establish a separate, independent state in that region.

In 1976, Morocco annexed two-thirds of the northern region of Western Sahara following Spanish withdrawing from its former colony, which was known as Spanish Sahara. Three years later, Morocco claimed the rest of the territory.

A 1991 cease-fire deal was all that stopped a guerilla war over the region. That end of fighting set up a peacekeeping operation from the United Nations.

Despite this new agreement, a representative of the Polisario Front, Oubi Bchraya, said:

“This will not change an inch of the reality of the conflict and the right of the people of Western Sahara to self-determination.”

With Kushner traveling to Israel, it won’t be his last negotiations of this kind, the Trump administration hopes. According to sources, the administration is hoping to have in place one more deal between Israel and another Arab and Muslim country before the president leaves office on January 20.

If they are able to do so, it will be quite the accomplishment — getting five Muslim countries to agree to good relations with Israel, and vice versa.