WASHINGTON — Former White House senior advisor Jared Kushner warned Tuesday that the benefits of the Abraham chords die he helped mediate year ago could slip away if the agreements are not ‘cherished’.
“If this [normalization] agreements are not cherished, we run the risk that they could go backwards, but if we feed them right, the potential for what can come of it is enormous and exceeds our expectations,” Kushner told a event in Washington marks the one-year anniversary of the signing of the Abraham Accords.
The comments were not explicitly addressed to the Biden administration, die sent a representative of the United States Department of State to the conference full of Trump allies and surrogates in the George Town Four Seasons Hotel. But the successors of Kushner in the White House will determine of Will the Abraham Accords become a partisan initiative exclusively associated? with the republican party, of one die can be claimed by administrations on both sides of the aisle.
US President Joe Biden has his support for the pursuit, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett told in the White House last month he will work to develop the existing agreements die Israel has signed with the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Morocco, Sudan and Kosovo in the past year, in in addition to expanding the chords met: new countries in the Arab and Muslim world willing to establish diplomatic ties with the Jewish state.
However, he has not appointed a specific envoy to take the lead issueas was the case under Trump. Some of have his staff members also circumvented by referring to the normalization agreements as the “Abraham Accords”, in an apparent attempt to distance itself from the previous government.
Nevertheless, Acting Assistant Secretary of Stands for Near Eastern Affairs Yael Lempert was sent on On behalf of of the administration to Kushner’s event. They declined an interview request, but said she was “proud” to be in presence.
Individual on Tuesday, the United States Department of State announced die secretary of State Antony Blinken will on Friday host and event on the occasion of the birthday of Abraham Accords, using the trump card team-suspicious term to describe the initiative. Shine will be joined virtually by the foreign ministers of Israel, UAE, Bahrain and Morocco “and discuss ways to further deepen ties and” build An more prosperous regiona spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.
get Sudan’over the finish-line’
Particularly absent on Friday official commemoration will be Sudan, whose new by means of burgers supported government – in despair for U.S financial support Trump promised it would move forward in his tires with Israel, but has been hesitant ever since in the face of public opposition.
Khartoum has signed a preliminary normalization agreement with Israel last October, but the deal has yet to be finalized.
Biden’s National Security Council director for the Middle East Barbara Leaf told Jewish leaders last month the White House works on getting the Sudan-Israel deal”over the finish line,” but no progress reported.
Sudan declined an invitation to attend a Monday event hosted by the Israeli Mission to the UN on the occasion of the one-year anniversary with the UAE, Bahrain and Morocco. The Ambassador in the US, Nureldin Satti, however, was in presence on Tuesday and got a shoutout from Kushner. he ducked out early, but managed to avoid An group photo of representatives of countries concerned in the standardization agreements.
Nick Kaufman – a British-Israeli lawyer who advised Sudan’s transition period government in their trial at the International Criminal Court and went on deliver letters between former prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Sudanese leader General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan die made the breakthrough in ties between the two countries — told The Times of Israel Tuesday that the Sudanese normalization agreement was categorically different from the others die Israel signed last year.
“Sudan is not a part” of the Abraham Accords, and the agreement was not initiated by the US at all. It was the other way around,” he said in a phone call. “Sudan wanted to get off the [State Department’s list of state terror sponsors] and saw Netanyahu as a way to get through to the White House.”
Kaufman said the slow one progression of Sudan’s Standardization Agreement, compared met the other from Israel new allies, has less to do with the US and external factors and more To do with the country’s own internal politics.
“The leadership there is divided over the military Township, die [initiated the warming of ties with Israel] and the citizen government, die communist and [Palestine Liberation Organization]-supporting roots,” he said.
Nevertheless, Kaufman predicted that the deal will eventually be finalized, noting that the in US interest is to pull Sudan away from Russian influence in Africa, but that “it takes time”.
Peace without Palestine
Tuesday’s meeting was hosted by the Abraham Accords Peace Institute, which Kushner previously founded year to close the normalization agreements between Israel and a series of muslim and arab countries, die he helped negotiate on On behalf of of the Trump administration.
critics of the Trump approach have said that the accords should not be a substitute for a peace settlement between Israel and the Palestinians, with the previous government die unswervingly supported the Jewish state, including the right to annex land in the West Bank.
the Palestinian issue didn’t even come in Kushner’s prepared 10-minute comments and only got a shoutout when a heckler burst into the ballroom of the Georgetown Four Seasons Hotel, shouting, “There will be no peace until the Palestinians are free.”
She was quickly ushered in out of the room by a couple of guards, after which Kushner remarked, “There is so much… available to the Palestinians of today and to their leadership if they just focused on What’s? best for their people.”
After Kushner spoke, AAPI executive director Robert Greenway moderated a panel met Israeli Ambassador to the US Gilad Erdan, UAE Ambassador to the US Yousef al-Otaiba and Bahrain Ambassador to US Sheikh Abdullah bin Rashid al-Khalifa.
Each of the envoys emphasized the benefits die the standardization agreements for their respective countries.
Otaiba referred to a goal set by him economy minister a day earlier to strengthen economic ties with Israel to over $1 trillion in a decade.
“That’s a pretty ambitious prediction, but I think it’s achievable and is exactly what we’re aiming for.” need to get out of the pandemic,” said the Emirates envoy.
Khalifa noted that the visits die the burgers of his land to the al-Aqsa mosque in the past year “to have changed the way Bahraini interacted with one another and with Israelis.”
Erdan Said The Abraham Accords Offer An Opportunity for the formation of an anti-Iran coalition of “moderate” countries in the region die to take a united diplomatic initiative for combating Tehran’s nuclear threat.
“I learned from Yousef [who says], we have it all over the JCPOA as if it were the only diplomatic solution. It’s not. We are all against the JCPOA and we think differently over’ said Erdan, speaking on On behalf of of the other countries in the room who have not been as powerful as Israel in their opposition to the nuclear deal met Iran die the Biden administration wants to revive.
“It would sound different from ours countries together… hopefully with Saudi Arabia would adopt another diplomatic solution and the world [would] being exposed to our coalition’ said the Israeli envoy.
Can the Knesset? play An role?
Furthest traveled to attend Tuesday’s ceremony were MKs Ruth Wasserman Lande (Blue and White) and Ofir Akunis (Likud) who co-chair of a Parliamentary Caucus for the Promotion and Implementation of the Abraham accords.
Lande told The Times of Israel on the sidelines of the event that the caucus is indicative of the “two-pronged” support receive the standardization agreements in the Knesset, with each party – including the Islamic Ra’am – represented, except for the majority Arab joint list.
She said the panel would serve as a platform for inviting officials, pundits and grassroots activists to advance the Abraham Accords.
Lande said the caucus could also are used to develop previous peace agreements die Israel has signed, including the one with Egypt. The freshman Blue and White legislator, who was stationed as a diplomat in Cairo during the early 2000s, said Israel could offer to help Egypt solve his dispute with Ethiopia over the Nile Dam and demand warmer tires with Egypt and greater pressure on Hamas to return the civilian prisoners and bodies of cases soldiers that the terror group hold on in Gaza Strip.
Lande rejected the idea that only the US could do that play a central role in advancing standardization. “The caucus can be a motor. Every person can make a huge difference. Look at what Otaiba did and the outsized role that he played in the Abraham accords.”
“It’s not just possible. To be more then possible,” they added.
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