(JNS.org) Days before his Jan. 20 inauguration, President-elect Donald Trump said that his son-in-law and incoming senior adviser, Jared Kushner, will help his administration broker a deal to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
“Jared is such a good lad, he will secure an Israel deal which no one else has managed to get,” Trump said in a joint interview with The Times of London and the German newspaper Bild. “You know, he’s a natural talent, he is the top, he is a natural talent. You know what I’m talking about—a natural talent. He has an innate ability to make deals, everyone likes him.”
The 35-year-old Kushner—an Orthodox Jewish real estate developer married to Trump's daughter Ivanka, who converted to Judaism—played a key role in the 2016 presidential campaign. He advised his father-in-law on U.S. policy toward Israel and helped write the speech Trump delivered to the March 2016 policy conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee lobby.
Kushner’s new position as senior adviser to the president is expected to test the limits of federal anti-nepotism rules. Kushner intends to resign from the management positions he currently holds, including as CEO of Kushner Companies, publisher of the Observer newspaper and other roles. Additionally, he will not take a salary in the White House post.