Foreign Policy Conducted the Kushner Way
by John Lawrence, January 12, 2018
President Trump tasked his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, with brokering peace in the Middle East, in particular between Israel and Palestine. Kushner's idea of a peace policy was to take millions of dollars from Israel and in return give them everything they wanted vis a vis Palestine. Jared Kushner’s companies received a $30 million infusion of cash from an Israeli insurance company, Menora Mivtachim. He received no such money from Palestine. As an orthodox Jew who had contributed to pro-Israeli causes, it's a stretch of the imagination that Kushner could approach the peace process between Israel and Palestine with an even hand or with an open mind.
The Menora transaction is the latest financial arrangement that has surfaced between Mr. Kushner’s family business and Israeli partners, including one of the country’s wealthiest families and a large Israeli bank that is the subject of a United States criminal investigation.
Daily Kos reports:
Kushner, in particular, seems to be strapped for cash. A flagship property, 666 Fifth Ave, New York, has a $1.2 billion mortgage due in February 2019. And there is likely no American money available for refinancing. Kushner has been scouring the globe for money. And he has been selling hundreds of apartments to raise funds, as there is little equity left in his buildings as they are already collateral to numerous loans
So Kushner and his real estate wheelings and dealings need money. Israel has money. Israel wants peace with Palestine (on its own terms, of course). What could go wrong with that? Foreign policy conducted the Ayn Rand way which is ... what's in it for me? You scratch my back and I'll scratch yours. You pay off my mortgage, and we'll have it arranged for the United States to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital.
The whole thing stinks. It seems as if the Trump family is profiting from their role as First Family as Trump seeks to profit from his role as President of the United States. Why else would one want to assume the role of the most powerful man in the world if one could not profit from it? That's the Ayn Rand way. A self seeking powerful man who is only concerned about his profits and views all foreign and domestic policy through that prism. At least Trump wants to share the profits with his family.
As has been pointed out, Kushner broke no ethics rules since they only apply to the situation where Kushner might get his hands on Federal money. Side deals are OK. Think of it as lobbying by foreign countries to get the foreign policy they want from the US with a little vigorish on the side. How else to profit from the deal? Federal ethics laws need to be reevaluated. Sad!