White House senior adviser Jared Kushner and President Trump’s son-in-law has been charged with reaching out to the Israelis, Palestinians and Jordanians to quell the current security crisis in Jerusalem, a senior administration official confirmed.
US envoy Jason Greenblatt, US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman will be assisting Kushner in these efforts and they have been actively speaking to all parties involved to calm the crisis.
A senior administration official told CNN that Kushner spoke with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as well as Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Thursday.
“President Trump and his administration are closely following unfolding events in the region…We are engaged in discussions with the relevant parties and are committed to finding a resolution to the ongoing security issues.” The official said.
Security tensions are at a pitch fever in the Jerusalem, Old City region after two Druze Israeli police officers were shot and killed by 3 Palestinians who obtained weapons from the Temple Mount.
This deadly attack spurred Israel to install metal detectors at the entrance of the Temple Mount which was met with an outcry from Muslims as well as riots and a swell in violence.
Kushner has been given a large portfolio and not only has he been tasked with efforts to broker peace between Israel and the Palestinians but he has also been tasked with reshaping the way the the entire federal government works.
Jared Kushner is also expected to make the first of two appearances on Capitol Hill Monday where he will be grilled by both Senate and House intelligence committees who are investigating Trump administration possible collusion with Russia.