If Jared Kushner can't broker peace in the Middle East, then "no one can," President Trump has declared, although so far that hasn't gone as smoothly as everyone hoped. "The entire Middle East, from Palestine to Yemen, appears set to burst into flames after this week," The Guardian's Moustafa Bayoumi wrote in December, blaming Kushner for "wreaking havoc" in the region. The president of Palestine, Mahmoud Abbas, has refused to talk to Kushner, with the foreign minister asking: "What is the use of holding any meetings with them when they close our office?" Even Israel has insisted that Kushner is doomed to failure unless he can get Saudi Arabia on board, Newsweek reports.
At least one person isn't sweating it: Kushner's dad, Charles Kushner. The elder Kushner told The Washington Post that his son is perfectly capable of handling everything on his plate because "we didn't raise our children as typical children."
"They were taught if you have wealth, it is not something to be spoiled about, it is a lot of responsibility, which requires you to do more, better than if you didn't have the money," Charles Kushner went on. "So my children, they are more mature than their years and they were raised that way." Spoken like a proud father, he added: "I see my son taking up the Middle East, the impact on the world could be dramatic."
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