Former White House senior adviser Jared Kushner and his deputy, Avi Berkowitz, were, on Sunday nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. The nomination for their role in negotiating four normalisation deals between Israel and Arab nations comes eight days before Kushner’s father-in-law, ex-president Donald Trump stands to face an impeachment trial for the second time.
The deals were announced in a four-month span between mid-August and mid-December and were the most significant diplomatic breakthroughs in the Middle East in 25 years as the region girds for a prolonged confrontation with Iran.
Nominating the pair of former deputies to then-President Donald Trump was American attorney Alan Dershowitz, who was eligible to do so in his capacity as a professor emeritus of Harvard Law School.
Under the deal, UAE, US and Israel would launch a “strategic agenda” for the Middle East to expand “diplomatic, trade, and security cooperation”, noting that the three “share a similar outlook regarding the threats and opportunities in the region”. As per the deal, Israel would suspend declaring sovereignty over Palestinian territories. Reuters had reported the deals the “most significant diplomatic breakthroughs in the Middle East in 25 years.”
The Palestinians however, were not happy with the accords and said that the ethnic group’s needs weren’t taken into consideration while the deal was being drafted. President Joe Biden and his administration are in the process of reviewing Trump’s deals, including arms packages for the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia.
President Joe Biden’s administration is expected to review all national security deals reached during the Trump administration, including arms packages for the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia.