Kushner was the architect of what many view as the Trump administration’s biggest foreign policy success.
By Pesach Benson, United With Israel
Jared Kushner, the son-in-law of former President Donald Trump, has been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize for his role in brokering the Abraham accords.
The accords normalized Israel’s ties with the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and later Morocco. Sudan is also a signatory but keeps its relations with Israel limited — at least publicly — to issues of security and intelligence.
Many view the accords as the Trump administration’s biggest foreign policy success.
Kushner, 41, was nominated along with his assistant, Avi Berkowitz.
According to the New York Post, the nomination was submitted by U.S. Rep. Lee Zeldin (D-NY).
“The Abraham Accords, signed in 2020, represent the most significant diplomatic breakthrough between Israel and Arab nations in decades,” Zeldin wrote in his nomination, which the Post obtained a copy of.
“Against the background of a centuries-old conflict and the COVID-19 pandemic, rising tensions, and Iran’s growing influence, Kushner and Berkowitz successfully brought together regional leaders, and forged regional alliances better capable of countering Iran’s malign influence.”
Kushner and Berkowitz were also nominated last year by former Trump attorney Alan Dershowitz.
Following Trump’s election defeat, Jared and Ivanka Kushner moved to Miami, where they are raising three children ages 5-10. He currently runs Affinity Partners, a $3 billion global investment firm.
Ivanka is still in the news as a House committee investigating the Jan. 6 riot wants to hear what she knows.
Nobel prize winners are given their awards on Dec. 10, the anniversary of Alfred Nobel’s death. Media speculation on likely winners focuses on dissidents Alexei Navalny and Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya of Russia and Belarus respectively, Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg and the World Health Organization.
The Norway-based Nobel Peace Prize committee doesn’t confirm if any individual or organization has ever been nominated but individual nominators sometimes reveal their picks.
Nobel peace prizes related to the Mideast conflict have a mixed record. In 1978, Menachem Begin and Anwar Sadat were honored for forging Israeli-Egyptian peace. When Yitzhak Rabin, Shimon Peres and Yasser Arafat were honored for signing the Oslo accords. Kare Kristiansen, a member of the Nobel Prize committee, resigned in protest of Arafat’s award.