Jared Kushner, son-in-law of former president Donald Trump, is making headlines for noting Gaza’s real estate value during a recent interview at Harvard University.

“Gaza’s waterfront property could be very valuable if people focused on building up livelihoods,” Kushner told Harvard’s Tarek Masoud in an interview hosted by the Middle East Initiative (MEI).

“If you think about all the money that’s gone into this tunnel network and into all the munitions, if that would have gone into education or innovation, what could have been done?”

“It’s a little bit of an unfortunate situation there, but I think from Israel’s perspective, I would do my best to move the people out and then clean it up,” he added. “But I don’t think that Israel has stated that they don’t want the people to move back there afterwards.”

Responding to a question about whether the Arabs should have their own state, Kushner described the prospect as “a super bad idea” that “would be rewarding an act of terror.”

Kushner played a significant role in his father-in-law’s administration as an advisor in Middle East peace efforts. He downplayed any notion of returning to the White House in that capacity or any other if Trump wins the 2024 presidential election.

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