Jared Kushner has a lot on his plate.
The son-in-law and adviser to the president has been tasked with everything from criminal justice reform to bringing peace to the Middle East.
No small feat.
It’s that last part that is absolutely laughable.
American politicians never seem to quite grasp the deep, spiritual roots of the conflict between Israel and pretty much every neighbor in the region.
Several weeks ago, there were bloody attacks at the Temple Mount, with two Israeli guards losing their lives.
Shortly after, an Israeli family was slaughtered in their home.
Israel’s response to the violence was to put metal detectors up at the Temple Mount, setting off fresh outrage from the Palestinians.
The folks over at RightScoop.com have the audio of a speech from Monday, as Jared Kushner explains to a group of summer interns the intricacies of arriving at peace in the Middle East.
And again, all these people make arguments about why they feel the way they do. So as tensions were really mounting, I don’t know if everyone is familiar, but there were two people—two Israeli guards killed at the Temple Mount (and that’s the first time in many, many, many years that that happened, so Israelis [unintelligible] putting up metal detectors on the Temple Mount, which is not an irrational thing to do. You know when you have—police officers were just killed, and weapons that were used to [unintelligible] the weapons to check them—so then what happens is they start inciting it.
They say look, you know, this is a change to the status quo. The Temple Mount is a [unintelligible] occupation of Israel, and Israel was saying we don’t want anything to do with that, we just want to make sure people are safe. And that really incited a lot of tension in the streets.
So we’re going to work with them [unintelligible] to take down the metal detectors there, and then I think one of the Palestinians’ religious leaders was saying, “If you go through the metal detectors, then your prayers don’t count.” And that is not a very helpful thing to have said. And then there was a lot of rage. And there was an Israeli family that three people killed in their home, which was absolutely terrible. You know, so, “I’m going to do this to free the Temple Mount.” So ultimately we were able to work with them, and we were able to get the Israelis to take down to the different forms of surveillance that the Jordanians were OK with, and we talked with the Palestinians the whole time to try to get their viewpoint on it.
And then ultimately they said, “OK, we took down the metal detectors but there’s still a bridge up somewhere.” And they said, “OK, we’ll take that down, too.” And so Bibi was getting beaten up by the press in Israel, because that was very politically unpopular for him to do. At the same time we got a situation in Jordan where an Israeli security diplomat in Jordan was attacked by two Jordanian men, and in self-defense he killed the attackers. So then it worked out where the Jordanians got the Israelis to accept their people from the embassy back to Israel.
Somehow, getting Israel to drop their defenses, at a time when they’re being attacked doesn’t seem like good strategy.
In fact, it’s just another example of Israel being the ones forced to make all the concessions, and as we’ve seen, no matter how much they give, in the interest of peace, the Palestinians will always want more.