The president’s son-in-law believes his relationship with Saudi Arabia’s new crown prince uniquely positions him to orchestrate a peace agreement in the Middle East, sources close to Jared Kushner say.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who would typically take the lead on such a major foreign policy initiative, is especially fearful about what he sees as a dangerous strategy being advocated by Kushner to pursue a Middle East peace agreement with Saudi support that results in the creation of a Palestinian state and normalization between Israel and its Arab neighbors in exchange for US acquiescence for the crown prince's ambitious plans to reform his country and counter Iran in the region.
In a rare public appearance Sunday at the annual Saban Forum, Kushner said locking down a peace agreement between Israel and Palestine is paramount if there are to be hopes of creating stability in the region.
Kushner's strategy will face its first test as soon as Tuesday when Trump is expected to announce that the US will recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel but will hold off -- for now -- on moving the American embassy there. The declaration could trigger waves of protest throughout the Arab community.