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Kushner on Middle East peace deals: 'The people in the region are tired of war'

September 15, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

President Donald Trump's senior adviser and son-in-law, Jared Kushner, hailed the US brokered peace treaties between Israel and the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain on Tuesday as the beginning of "a new Middle East" and signaled that the Trump administration is making progress in getting more countries in the region, including Saudi Arabia, to recognize Israel.

(CNN)President Donald Trump's senior adviser and son-in-law, Jared Kushner, hailed the US brokered peace treaties between Israel and the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain on Tuesday as the beginning of "a new Middle East" and signaled that the Trump administration is making progress in getting more countries in the region, including Saudi Arabia, to recognize Israel.

His comments came hours after a White House ceremony, dubbed the Abraham Accords, marked the first Middle East White House peace signing in more than two decades.

The people in the region are tired of war," Kushner told CNN's Wolf Blitzer on "The Situation Room. "

Asked specially about the prospect of Saudi Arabia recognizing Israel, Kushner pointed to Trump's relationship with the country's leadership and touted "a lot of changes" in the last three years.

"So people are getting a little tired with the tactics played by the Palestinian leaders.

They want to help the Palestinian people, but they're not going to allow them to hold back the national interest of all these different countries. "

Trump has praised Kushner for his role in securing the deal to bring the UAE and Israel together to achieve normalization, which entails the establishment of political and economic ties for the first time in both countries' histories.

After decades of division and conflict we mark the dawn of a new Middle East," Trump said earlier Tuesday.

"Thanks to great courage of the leaders of these three countries, we take a major stride toward a future in which people of all faiths and backgrounds live together in peace and prosperity. "

Kushner said administration staffers at the ceremony were tested beforehand and maintained that people know their "risk profile" at this point in the pandemic.

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