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Kushner heads to the Middle East looking to deliver some semblance of a peace deal ahead of election

August 29, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

White House senior adviser Jared Kushner is traveling to the Middle East this weekend to try to convince multiple Arab leaders to attend a splashy signing ceremony at the White House for the recent normalization deal between the United Arab Emirates and Israel.

Washington (CNN)White House senior adviser Jared Kushner is traveling to the Middle East this weekend to try to convince multiple Arab leaders to attend a splashy signing ceremony at the White House for the recent normalization deal between the United Arab Emirates and Israel.

who is the President's son-in-law, is also using the trip, alongside other top US officials, to pursue a series of normalization agreements between Israel and various Arab nations and strengthen efforts to counter Iran.

The fragile normalization agreement between the world's newest bellwether allies, Israel and the United Arab Emirates -- united in their mutual contempt for Tehran and their strong ties to the Trump White House -- is being used as a model for other countries.

The Trump delegation will first stop in Israel for meetings, after which it will escort a number of Israeli government experts from various sectors on the first-ever commercial flight from Tel Aviv to Abu Dhabi, the UAE capital, on Monday, a senior White House official told CNN.

Ties between Washington, Israel and the Arab Gulf nations became strained under former President Barack Obama over the nuclear accord with Iran, which those countries viewed as a means of empowering Tehran.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu initially slammed reports of a possible stealth fighter jet deal as "completely fake news. " But then Kushner said last Sunday in an interview with CNN's Fareed Zakaria that the normalization agreement "should increase the probability" of an F-35 jet sale to the UAE.

Administration officials and experts agree that countries like Bahrain, Oman, Sudan and Morocco are intrigued by talk of military and economic aid for peace, and may be enticed by such a proposition.

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