Jared Kushner, U.S. President Donald Trump’s son-in-law, has said that the Trump administration does not offer anything “unique” to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, questioning whether the conflict is solvable at all.
Kushner, a 36-year-old real estate developer, was appointed to restart talks between the Israelis and Palestinians, which have been frozen since 2014.
Since becoming president, Trump has repeatedly said he would resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, describing it as the “ultimate deal”.
But Kushner has not made any progress so far in brokering an agreement.
His recent comments, which he made on Monday while speaking to a group of congressional interns, were revealed by Wired.
“So, what do we offer that's unique?” he responded when asked about the White House's attempts to broker a deal.
“I don’t know … I'm sure everyone that's tried this has been unique in some ways, but again we're trying to follow very logically.”
Kushner went on to say that he had spoken to a lot of people and had learned that the situation is very emotionally charged.
“We don't want a history lesson. We've read enough books,” he said.
Trump’s decision to choose Kushner for finding a solution to the conflict has received strong criticism, as many commentators say, he cannot be impartial since he is Jewish.
After a meeting in Ramallah, Palestinian officials said that Kushner's team “sounded like Netanyahu's advisers and not like fair arbiters.”