- Jared Kushner worked closely with Middle Eastern powers while advising Trump in the White House.
- Since leaving, Kushner has deepened his financial and political links in the region.
- He’s courted Qatar, the UAE, and Saudi Arabia to invest in his new private equity fund, reports say.
Former President Donald Trump and Jared Kushner, his son-in-law and former advisor, have been busy since departing the White House just over a year ago.
Kushner, meanwhile, has been mostly out of the public eye, shifting his focus from Washington to the Middle East.
Kushner, who moved to Miami’s “Billionaire Bunker” after Trump’s presidency, has doubled down on the links he created in the Middle East while working in the White House, reportedly courting regional powers for investment for his new private equity firm and founding an initiative to build on the success of his brainchild, the Abraham Accords.
The accords saw Israel normalize ties with the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain in August 2020 following decades of angst between Jerusalem and Arab nations over the Palestine question. The agreement was widely praised, and Kushner has been nominated twice for the Nobel Peace Prize for it.
Kushner has moved to capitalize on the success.
‘He can’t live his life just waiting on what [Trump] may or may not do’
Establishing himself as a regional peace broker, Kushner set up the Abraham Accords Institute for Peace last May to help deepen links between Israel, the UAE, Bahrain, Sudan, and Morocco. Kushner is also writing a book about his time in the White House, which is said to focus on the accords.
He’s also sought to strike out financially in the region, launching his own private equity fund, Affinity Partners, in July and courting investment from the sovereign wealth funds of the Middle Eastern nations with which he worked closely in the White House.
As of January 2022, Kushner had secured $3 billion in verbal…
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