L-R: Bahrain FM Abdullatif al-Zayani, PM Benjamin Netanyahu, U.S. President Donald Trump, and Emirati FM Abdullah bin Zayed Al-Nahyan at the signing of the Abraham Accords at the White House
L-R: Bahrain FM Abdullatif al-Zayani, PM Benjamin Netanyahu, U.S. President Donald Trump, and Emirati FM Abdullah bin Zayed Al-Nahyan at the signing of the Abraham Accords at the White House
Photo: AFP
Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump attend Knesset event on the Abraham Accords on Monday

Kushner, Ivanka Trump in Jerusalem for Abraham Accords initiative

At the launch of the Abraham Accords Caucus in the Knesset, architect of deals between Israel and UAE, Bahrain, Sudan and Morocco, says the agreements signed in Washington last year created a 'new paradigm' in the region

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Published: 10.12.21, 08:48
Israeli lawmakers flanked by former president Donald Trump's daughter and son-in-law launched an initiative in Jerusalem on Monday to advance the Abraham Accords that saw Arab states normalize ties with Israel.
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  • Jared Kushner, a former White House adviser married to Ivanka Trump, was a major architect of the deals between Israel and the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Sudan and Morocco.
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    אירוע פתיחת הסכמי אברהם בכנסת
    אירוע פתיחת הסכמי אברהם בכנסת
    Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump attend Knesset event on the Abraham Accords on Monday
    At the launch of the Abraham Accords Caucus in the Knesset, Kushner said the agreements created a "new paradigm" in the region, which could have "very different outcomes" depending on the actions of current leaders.
    Critics of the Trump approach accused him of advancing Arab reconciliation with Israel as a substitute for meaningful efforts to advance the rights of the Palestinians.
    The accords broke with decades of Arab consensus that there would be no relations with Israel while the Palestinian question remains unresolved.
    Trump considered the accords a major foreign policy legacy.
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    L-R: Bahrain FM Abdullatif al-Zayani, PM Benjamin Netanyahu, U.S. President Donald Trump, and Emirati FM Abdullah bin Zayed Al-Nahyan at the signing of the Abraham Accords at the White House
    L-R: Bahrain FM Abdullatif al-Zayani, PM Benjamin Netanyahu, U.S. President Donald Trump, and Emirati FM Abdullah bin Zayed Al-Nahyan at the signing of the Abraham Accords at the White House
    L-R: Bahrain FM Abdullatif al-Zayani, PM Benjamin Netanyahu, U.S. President Donald Trump, and Emirati FM Abdullah bin Zayed Al-Nahyan at the signing of the Abraham Accords at the White House
    (Photo: AFP)
    They were signed by former prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, who was cheered at Monday's event, but the pacts have been fully supported by the coalition that ousted him in June.
    Foreign Minister Yair Lapid, Netanyahu's staunch political rival, said at the launch that he would work to "expand the circle of the Abraham Accords" during an upcoming visit to Washington.
    Israeli media have reported on some frustration among Israeli officials about a lack of momentum from President Joe Biden's administration to expand the accords engineered under Trump.
    Biden's Secretary of State Antony Blinken promised last month to encourage more Arab countries to recognize Israel to "keep normalization marching forward."
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    מזכיר המדינה של ארה"ב אנתוני בלינקן
    מזכיר המדינה של ארה"ב אנתוני בלינקן
    U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken during a visit to Jordan earlier this year
    (Photo: Reuters)
    He is to meet in Washington next week with Lapid and UAE Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed to discuss "progress made" since the signing of the pacts.
    Several former top Trump administration officials were also in Jerusalem on Monday, coinciding with the launch.
    Trump's former ambassador to Israel David Friedman and ex-treasury secretary Stephen Mnuchin were due to open a museum exhibit.
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